27 Mar 2009

Retailers' Association calls on police to stamp out violent attacks

4:40 pm on 27 March 2009

The Fiji Retailers' Association is calling on the police to stamp out attacks on home and property.

Last weekend, homemade bombs were hurled at the homes of Netani Rika and a security recruitment agent, Sakiusa Raivoce.

The attacks follow earlier incidents where vehicles belonging to the trade unionist, Attar Singh and the pro-democracy politician, Kenneth Zinck, were stoned.

The police have defended the speed with which they're handling an investigation into the attacks but the association's president, Himmat Lodhia, says there's a lack of confidence in the authorities.

"And the only way to restore the confidence is by ensuring that these types of things do not happen. If they do happen they should be brought out and doused for ever. Well at present, we don't see that happening"

Himmat Lodhia says retailers want a safe environment in which to do business.