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AG praises police for probe
Attorney General (AG) Anand Ramlogan has welcomed the announcement by acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams that a probe has been launched into the “illegal” activities of two officers assigned to a specialised police unit in the Port-of-Spain division. Ramlogan, speaking with reporters in San Fernando, yesterday said such investigations are necessary. Ramlogan was referring to an article which alleged that two junior officers in the “elite” unit were leaking information on raids and roadblock exercises to gang leaders and gang members in Laventille, east Port-of-Spain and Beetham Gardens.
The AG said he was not surprised by reports that information is being leaked to gang leaders about police exercises. “I think it is astonishing to say the least that the police could move into an area where there is an open exchange of gunfire and 16 young people being murdered and they cannot find the guns. Something is terribly wrong there and we cannot continue to do the same thing, the same way and expect different results,” he said. According to the newspaper report the two officers were transferred out of the unit. The probe, the article stated, came on the heels of a raid last Sunday which yielded no weapons. Ramlogan said, “It is clear that someone is compromising the integrity of the police in their operations. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out.”
He commended Williams. “I am very pleased that the acting CoP is moving quickly to take action and to identify the suspects involved. There are more than one ways to skin a cat. We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand. It is a matter that the police have failed to come to terms with the gang-related violence in the country and that has caused the spike in murders,” he said.
AG on charity drive
Ramlogan, together with members of the United National Congress (UNC) Youth Arm - Youths on a Mission - went to the Bhagwansingh Trace Ext., Esperanza, Palmiste home of Abdool Kallan, 42; and his wife, Jennifer Sookraj, 39; and their eight children, aged one to 12, to deliver school supplies. The AG and the group also painted the family’s home as part of their charity drive. He explained that for the past two years he has been liaising with the couple to get assistance for them. Ramlogan said his children’s babysitter, Savi Pooran, alerted him to the couple’s plight and with intervention of the Self Help Commission they were able to secure funding to construct a humble home. The AG said he admired Kallan for his commitment to his family since he would plant produce to sell and do odd jobs to support his children.
He said the children lived in “very underprivileged and unfortunate circumstances” and he felt compelled to help. As he presented the school supplies to the eager children he advised them to make use of their education. He also said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was instrumental in assisting the family. Ramlogan said the family had lived without running water and lights and now that will change. He said next week the family will receive electricity. “You used to study hard when you had no lights. Now you will have lights you have to study twice as hard for you can become the Prime Minister, a lawyer, a mechanic - whatever you want to be,” Ramlogan said.
Ramlogan, who will celebrate his 41st birthday today, was serenaded by the children and their parents. Sookraj, who wept openly, said she was grateful for the assistance for her children, who attend Canaan Presbyterian Primary School and Picton Presbyterian School. Kallan said he built the house in ten days with the assistance of his brother and it was a proud moment for him when his family moved into the three-bedroom home last Saturday. UNC youth arm president Nicolas Morris said yesterday’s event was “the start of great things.”
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