Po­lice break up TISI Sangam AGM again

Mr Naicker said they would now await a meet­ing by the TISI Sangam Coun­cil.

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Po­lice yes­ter­day had to break up the heated an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Then In­dia San­marga Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam) and can­cel the meet for the sec­ond time this year. Brief vi­o­lence broke out as some mem­bers of Sangam kept on ask­ing ques­tions from the floor as AGM and which led to the in­ter­ven­tion of Po­lice of­fi­cers. Then a dis­grun­tled group was or­dered to leave the premises with the help of the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers. He heated words were ex­changed. Na­tional pres­i­dent Sadasi­wan Naicker was not happy with the pro­ceed­ings dur­ing the meet­ing which was be­ing held at the Sangam Sadhu Kup­puswamy Memo­rial Col­lege in Nadi. Di­vi­sional Po­lice Com­man­der Western, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Inoke Yal­i­mai­wai, Deputy Di­vi­sional Po­lice Com­man­der Western Ab­dul Khan and of­fi­cers who were present, moved in and closed the AGM un­der the Pub­lic Or­der Amended De­cree 2012. Mr Naicker said: “There were four peo­ple who tried to stop the meet­ing and there were 10 Po­lice of­fi­cers who could not con­trol the peace in the meet­ing. “They stopped the AGM which was at­tended about 800 peo­ple but they couldn’t even con­trol the fight and a shame on them.” Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said: “Po­lice did step in to stop the meet­ing as there were some safety con­cerns and we had re­ceived prior in­for­ma­tion that prompted the need to have Po­lice pres­ence. “In­for­ma­tion gath­ered were based on claims that there were dif­fer­ences brew­ing amongst the mem­bers that would have led to vi­o­lent ex­changes dur­ing the con­ven­tion.” This is the sec­ond time this year the TISI Sangam has gone through tur­moil since May 29. A re­tired le­gal prac­ti­tioner Adi Narayan who re­sides in Canada was part of the AGM. Mr Narayan said: “There was no dis­tur­bance but some rowdy mem­bers who were sus­pended came here and they wanted to be part of the meet­ing.” He added the chair­per­son told them to leave but they in­sisted and cre­ated havoc. “Five or seven of them was cre­at­ing noise. “Then Po­lice of­fi­cers came in stopped the meet­ing. Ev­ery­thing was in or­der as there was no dis­rup­tion as there was a court or­der that it shall be held. Po­lice in­ter­vened and the ques­tion is why?” A life mem­ber Narend Naidu, a for­mer civil ser­vant from Labasa, said, “We are here to ask ques­tion and need it to be an­swered. “These ex­ec­u­tives should learn from our Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama, he an­swers when ques­tion is put to him. They are not above the PM; sim­ply do ask an­swers that’s all what we want.” Mr Naicker said they would now await a meet­ing by the TISI Sangam Coun­cil.

TIV Sangam

Mean­while, Tarunesh Reddy was elected un­op­posed as the Pres­i­dent of the Then In­dia Val­ibar (TIV) Sangam dur­ing their elec­tion of of­fice bear­ers as per the court or­der. Mr Reddy said, “This was the de­ferred elec­tion of the of­fice bear­ers given as per the court or­der to us. “This elec­tion meant a lot to us as is­sues were go­ing around and ev­ery­thing is solved and will start rolling the ball from to­mor­row (to­day). “We are look­ing for­ward to take Sangam to a dif­fer­ent height as you know we are one of the biggest or­gan­i­sa­tion when it comes to sports. “We host the biggest con­ven­tion dur­ing the Easter Week­end with about 65 teams in­clud­ing some from over­seas.” Mr Reddy also wel­comed the two newly elected, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Sha­neel Gounder and south­ern vice-pres­i­dent Arvind Raju.

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