LEADER of the Highway Re-Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was arrested for a second time yesterday, and was in police custody last night after being refused bail.
Kublalsingh was held after he attempted to block Construtora OAS employees from continuing work in Fyzabad on the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
Kublalsingh was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and obstruction.
Police said since the alleged offences were the same as the previous charges laid on Wednesday, he was not granted bail by police.
Kublalsingh was arrested by police around 2 p.m. after he refused to move out of the way of an excavator clearing land near Mon Desir, Delhi Road. By the time charges were laid, there were no magistrates at the court to hear his case.
The Express was told Kublalsingh would be kept in a cell at Siparia Police Station.
Eight other protesters of the movement were also led away from the construction site, but were not detained.
On Wednesday, police arrested Kublalsingh on a highway construction site near the Mon Desir interchange and charged him with obstructing police officers in the course of their duties, assault and resisting arrest.
He appeared before Siparia Magistrate Taramatie Ramdass on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted $10,000 bail. When he left court, Kublalsingh immediately returned to the protest site.
Yesterday, there was another stand-off between members of the movement and officials of OAS Construtora and police officers.
Police had attempted to barricade Kublalsingh and the other protesters from getting near the excavator as it cleared the land. However, Kublalsingh and the members moved past the police and sat in the path of the excavator.
Police reinforcements were called in and more than 15 police officers of the South-Western Division Task Force and of the Fyzabad CID and police station, led by Inspector Louis Grainger, came to the site. An officer urged the protesters to move or face arrest.
Kublalsingh asked the police officer if he was aware the protesters were on private land.
The officer said he did not have that information and was only doing his job, which was to clear the path for the earth mover.
The officer again advised the protesters to move, but was told by Kublalsingh he would be making a big mistake if he arrested someone on private property.
The officer left, conferred with OAS Construtora officials and returned with more police officers.
Members of the media were advised to stand back and the protesters were held by their arms and escorted from the area. Among the group was a couple claiming ownership of the land.
Kublalsingh was lifted bodily and carted off. He was placed in an OAS Construtora vehicle and taken to Fyzabad Police Station, where he was charged by acting Sergeant David Jones of the South Western Division Task Force.
Almost immediately after Kublalsingh and the other protesters were moved, the excavator began clearing trees off the land.
Some of the protesters cried at the scene.