Saturday, September 23, 2017

Crime emergency: Mayor calls meeting

Crime Scene Investigators gather evidence at the home of pensioner, Ramdevi Singh, who was tending to her garden at her Chaguanas home before she was killed on September 7. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP


Determined to fight the scourge of violent crime in the borough of Chaguanas, Mayor Gopaul Boodhan has called an emergency meeting on Thursday.

Boodhan has invited the Central Division Police Service, Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce, businessmen and residents to participate in the discussion at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation from 6pm.

He said, “The purpose of this forum is to allow the residents and burgesses of the Borough of Chaguanas to put forward their views, ideas and suggestions on what they can do, to craft a safer Borough and curb the crime situation. Whatever we had before has not worked, something new needs to be done, we must have a zero tolerance to crime.”

Boodhan said the sudden spike in criminal activities in the borough of Chaguanas has left him very concerned and very determined to rectify this current situation. “The safety of our burgesses has always been of paramount importance.  I am renewing my commitment to working with all stakeholders and the Central Police Division to ensure that the safety and security of our burgesses are fully restored,” he said.

Last week, an elderly woman was killed in her home in Chaguanas.

Ramdevi Singh, 76, a mother of two and grandmother of three was found nude and face down on the ground of the living room with injuries to the head. She was in a pool of blood and had a piece of cloth around her throat.

Singh was discovered by her stroke-stricken husband, Martin.

She was a retiree at Guardian Life Insurance.

Boodhan said, “Let's speak out and stand up for what is right. We cannot remain silent and see our communities falling apart. We need your voices to be heard and to push the criminal elements out.”