DETAINED: Leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is arrested at the construction site at Mon Desir, Fyzabad, part of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON
Update - Bail for Kublalsingh, HRM members
...five plead not guilty to resisting arrest, obstruction
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HIGHWAY Re Route Movement (HRM) leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh and four members of the group appeared in the Siparia Magistrates' Court today charged with offences related to their protest at Mon Desir, where construction work is underway on the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
Kublalsingh, and HRM members Suresh Chaitoo and Leelawatie Boodhai are charged with resisting arrest and obstruction.
HRM members Roshi Mahabir and Gita Boodhai are charged with obstruction. They were arrested by police officers who claim they refused to move from the path of construction equipment. The group is claiming that the construction is taking place on privately owned land.
The five, who were granted bail at the police station on Tuesday night, appeared separately before Magistrate Taramatie Ramdass and all pleaded not guilty. Kublalsingh and Boodhai were allowed to leave on continuing bail of $10,000.The others were freed on continuing bail of $5000. The matters were adjourned to December 4.
“THIS is our land,” shouted members of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) yesterday before they were arrested for allegedly blocking construction equipment in Mon Desir, while trying to prevent work on the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
HRM leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, three women and a man, in his 60s, were last evening being detained at Fyzabad Police Station. It was Kublalsingh’s third arrest in the last three weeks.
At around 1.15 p.m., police moved on Kublalsingh and the group when they failed to move out of the way of construction equipment.
On September 25, 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 the following day, pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted $10,000 bail.
On September 27, Kublalsingh was taken into custody after he refused to move out of the way of an excavator clearing land near Mon Desir, Delhi Road, Fyzabad, for the construction of the highway extension.
Charged with resisting arrest and obstruction, he spent a night at Siparia Police Station and was granted his own bail when he appeared in court.
Yesterday, police said the HRM members blocked a roller (construction equipment) and refused to move, even after police officers instructed them to get out of the way, claiming they were trespassing.
The protest group responded that the land belonged to them.
The three women, aged in their 40s, along with Kublalsingh and the man were taken away in a 24-seater green-band maxi-taxi and taken to Fyzabad Police Station.
Police said the group will likely be charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.
Kublalsingh will likely be refused bail because of the previous charges, the Express was told.
The five are expected to appear in the Siparia Magistrates’ Court today.