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Residents of St Barb s, Laventille Road,
Picton Road and St Paul Street yesterday
dismissed as a lie and propaganda a reward
being offered by National Security Minister
Gary Griffith for information which may
lead to the arrest of Laventille gang mem-
bers who have put a $20,000 hit on law
The $100,000 reward was officially
offered by the Ministry of National Security
yesterday to anyone who can give credible
information that can lead to the arrest and
conviction of people planning, paying, aiding
and abetting and/or involved in the shooting
of any law enforcement officer.
The offer is being offered through Crime
Stoppers, the ministry said in a release, and
came one day after Insp Roger Alexander
publicly announced the $20,000 bounty on
The situation developed in the wake of
the recent killing of reputed gang leader
Dillon "Bandy" Skeete and two other men
at Desperlie Crescent on September 24.
Residents had claimed the killings were
carried out by soldiers acting with police
in retaliation for the murder of Lance Cor-
poral Kayode Thomas on June 29 but that
was denied by police and army hierarchy.
Yesterday, some of the gang leaders and
residents said they believed the bounty and
reward claim was being used to set up them
up so law enforcement officers could lock
down the community and target them.
"Maybe they trying to create a situation
where it will cause chaos and then they will
say they have to force a limited state of
emergency, which will obviously give them
an excuse to come in here and kill all of
we," one resident, who did not want to be
identified, told the T&T Guardian.
"This is real mad ting. They trying to fool
the public. If all this is true, why didn t they
bring the proof and show it to all that there
are plans to kill the police and soldiers. They
using this to march forces into the area,"
There are also claims by the police that
while they are on mobile patrols in Laventille
they are being shot at by gang members.
That, they said, had them afraid for their
However, a Laventille Road resident
claimed it was they who have been taunted
by police on mobile patrols in recent weeks.
"Just this morning (yesterday) a police
van pulled up in front of me and the officer
say, Aye, you have a $20,000 on my head,
eh. The officer then laughed and the police
van drove off.
"This is what we are faced with. They
harass us. They give us a curfew and if they
see us liming out here late they threatening
us or beating us. Is real drama with them
police and soldiers and dem," he added.
Two young men, who were liming at the
side of the road at St Barb s, said the area
was known for men belonging to the "Rasta
City" gang but added they were all about
promoting life and love.
"Listen, the police and dem coming up
here and killing innocent people. We living
in fear. They trying to kill us out," one said.
Another resident of St Barb s, who also
wished to remain anonymous, said he
strongly believed Griffith had an agenda.
"Maybe he getting pay out by the rich
people to kill we out so that they can move
in and take over the hills, which is prime
land," he said.
Businessman Keston Rennie, 33, who
operates a restaurant at the junction of
Picton and Laventille Roads, admitted crime
was a humbug but said he believed if more
young people like him started home busi-
nesses they could transform Laventille.
"I could have my businesses outside but
I choose to be here... to help develop the
area," he said.
"I not on nobody. I don t do drugs and
I am not a gangster but I believe that by
me doing a good job here others will follow
and maybe one day Laventille can have a
pharmacy or even a ATM machine," he said.
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Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and his wife
Nalini narrowly escaped death last night, after the
vehicle in which they were being taken to a cocktail
reception at the Southern Academy for the Per-
forming Arts collided with another vehicle at the
intersection of the Rienzi Kirton Highway and
Todd s Street, San Fernando.
The accident left Special Branch officer Cpl Rasool,
who was providing security for the AG, in a critical
condition at the San Fernando General Hospital.
The drivers of the two vehicles, the AG s black
Toyota Prado and Adriel Gookool, who was driving
a pick-up, were not injured.
Around 8 pm, police and firefighters who were
awaiting the arrival of Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, who hosted the reception for the VIII
Americas Competitiveness Forum 2014 delegates
at SAPA, rushed help the occupants of the AG s
SUV after it turned on its right side in the crash.
They climbed atop the vehicle and pulled out the
AG and his wife, who was carried by a policeman
to another vehicle. The Ramlogans were then taken
into SAPA where a doctor checked them, Insp Mul-
raine told the T&T Guardian.
The AG later came back outside as Rasool was
being placed in the ambulance. He was accompanied
by National Security Minister Gary Griffith and
National Diversity Minister Dr Rodger Samuel.
Asked if he was okay, the AG told the Guardian,
"I am a bit shaken, but I am all right."
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Laventille residents on bounty claim:
GETTING IT RIGHT
PNM general secretary Ashton Ford pointed
out yesterday that contrary to newspaper
reports, Pat Butcher was not a nominee for the
Barataria/San Juan constituency.
He also said the party had not called for
nominations in the Arima, Toco/Sangre Grande
and Lopinot/Bon Air constituencies.
AG, wife shaken
up in accident
It's a set up
Contacted yesterday on the residents
claims, Griffith insisted he had made a
direct hit back on criminals.
"Gone are the days where criminals
can flex their muscles," he said in a tele-
"The time for negotiation is over. No
more private meetings and no more con-
tracts. I do not have any intention to
negotiate with terrorists or criminals.
When they swing, I will swing back harder
and hit even harder," he added.
Also contacted yesterday, acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams said
he was not sure about the bounty put
out on law enforcement officers. However,
he said he was had nothing to do with
the reward being offered which could lead
to the arrest of anyone plotting to carry
out such acts.
Griffith confirmed Williams s state-
ment, saying it was a National Security
Minister and Crime Stoppers initiative.
When asked about the bounty issue at
yesterday s weekly police media briefing,
ASP Joanne Archie said: "What I have
been hearing is in the public domain.
However, at this moment I have no guid-
ance on that issue."
Archie then advised her colleagues to
be vigilant and be alert while on the
Laventille Road businessman Keston
Rennie. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is taken away
for medical attention following a car accident
outside Sapa, San Fernando, last night. PHOTO: RISHI
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