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Police raid will affect PNM by-election vote—Nafeesa

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Former PNM deputy leader and attorney Nafeesa Mohammed.

The February Carnival plot detentions and police exercises in El Socorro and neighbouring areas will impact on the ruling PNM’s Barataria by-election performance, says former PNM deputy leader and attorney Nafeesa Mohammed,
“Of course it will. People are justifiably hurt by the way the police exercises were done - Mohammedville has the largest polling division in Barataria,” Mohammed added yesterday.

Police searched homes and the area’s Nur E Islam mosque - among others nationwide- in the February Carnival disruption plot investigation.

Fifteen people were detained including Mohammed’s nephew Tariq. He was among 13 released without charge. He and his brother Wasim, allegedly injured by police, are among those who’ve since sued the state.

Mrs Mohammed was replying yesterday to queries on claims made at Monday’s UNC campaign meeting at Don Miguel Hindu School.

Platform speaker Sadro Mohammed said he was confident UNC had “98 per cent of the votes in Mohammedville under control” and also at the Nur E Islam mosque. He said the UNC has a better chance at winning Barataria in the July 16 by-election.

UNC leader Kamla Persad- Bissessar added she’d spoken with Mrs Mohammed (at recent Nur E Islam Eid celebrations) and pledged the Opposition would ensure the rights of the innocent aren’t abused in proposed Anti-Terrorism amendments debated in Parliament yesterday.

Mrs Mohammed said UNC’s Sadro Mohammed was “free to say what he wants, I’ve done no vote survey. But many have expressed to me the pain they feel concerning the police exercises where some flagrant abuses occurred. If I were Prime Minister Rowley I’d have come and tried to say something to the people. But when he visited Barataria for PNM’s campaign launch he instead committed a faux pas by attacking the Muslim community.”

On whether she’ll vote in the by-election, Mohammed said, “On election day, what my heart says to me, I’ll do.”

From a long-standing PNM family, Mohammed dismissed as claims she’d “crossed the floor.”

She said, “I’m speaking to ensure people’s rights and freedoms are balanced with law enforcement’s. Much more dialogue and co-operation is needed.”

On a possible impact of the situation on PNM’s campaign, party general secretary Daniel Dookie said, “based on our last information, the campaign’s progressing smoothly.”

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