Fight breaks out at qawali event

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A QAWALI singer who was allegedly attacked during a singing event in Lautoka, claims his musical “adversary” was after his title.

Shalendra Singh, better known in Hindi music circles as “Shalend Dynamite” was allegedly attacked by more than a dozen men during a charity qawali event at Tilak High School on Saturday night.

Videos of the brawl captured by spectators went viral on Facebook. Mr Singh claimed the men who attacked him were his music opponents and members of the music group.

“I was into the last song and I don’t know what happened to him, he started using vulgar language against me and when I responded with a riddle, he attacked me with a mike stand,” the 50-year-old man from Ba claimed.

“In qawali music, I am the heavyweight champion of Fiji and I think he wanted my title.

“When he knew he couldn’t take it from me by singing, he tried to hurt me but I have only one thing to tell him — only a tiger can beat a tiger.”

Mr Singh said he had reported the matter to police because his $3000 harmonium was damaged during the melee.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that Lautoka police had received a report from Mr Singh.

“The report of alleged assault is being investigated by Lautoka police,” she said.

“We will record the victim’s statement tomorrow (today) as he was not feeling well today (yesterday), he needs to help identify through the footage who assaulted him.”

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