Fiji immigration officials, police detain USP chief Ahluwalia, reports radio

USP Vice Chancellor Palu Ahluwalia … taken in with his wife by Fiji immigration officials and police. Image: Fijivillage Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Fiji Immigration officials and police…

USP Vice Chancellor Palu Ahluwalia … taken in with his wife by Fiji immigration officials and police. Image: Fijivillage

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk

Fiji Immigration officials and police have detained the University of the South Pacific vice-chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, and his wife, reports Fijivillage news editor Vijay Narayan.

The president of the University of the South Pacific Staff Association, Elizabeth Fong, told the radio station’s website that the USPSA had received confirmation that the pair were taken in between 11pm and midnight last night.

They are expected to be deported this morning.

Fong said they were also getting reports from late last month about Ahluwalia’s work permit to be revoked.

A USP Council meeting is also scheduled for tomorrow.

The USP staff unions are meeting this morning.

When contacted by Fijivillage, USP said it wass unable to comment at this stage.

Professor Ahluwalia, a Canadian, could not be contacted.

Fijivillage said it was also trying to contact USP pro-chancellor Winston Thompson.

The radio station said it had also asked Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Permanent Secretary for Immigration Yogesh Karan, Education Minister Rosy Akbar and the police. None had yet responded.

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