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A cheese paste sand-
wich and a cup of hot
chocolate was the first
meal hunger-striker Ravi
Maharaj was given after
he decided to end his
five-day protest action
Dr Wayne Kublalsingh
His decision to end the
strike came two days after
he collapsed outside the
Office of the Prime Min-
ister (OPM), St Clair,
where he began his
protest last Wednesday.
Maharaj, who is ward-
ed at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital, is
expected to be discharged
Maharaj, who is in favour
of the disputed Debe to
Mon Desir section of the
Solomon Hochoy High-
way, had condemned
Kublalsingh's decision to
embark on a second
Lying on his hospital
bed, Maharaj said he was
feeling much better than
he was over the weekend.
He said he was given
intravenous (IV) drips and
had also been resting.
"My decision to quit
was really because of my
condition. But now peo-
ple will look up to me and
be inspired," Maharaj
Maharaj vowed to con-
tinue his fight by other
means, this time taking
it to south Trinidad.
"I'm bringing the
hunger strike to an end
but I intend to take a dif-
ferent action now," he
explained. "I intend to go
down to the areas of Debe
to Mon Desir and try to
highlight and try to bring
to the fore the feelings of
the people who live in
that area and whether or
not they do in fact sup-
port or oppose the high-
way and see who is in the
majority and the minor-
ity."Saying his hunger
strike had not been in
vain, Maharaj said he
brought to the public's
attention the benefits of
the highway, adding that
the people of Debe and
Mon Desir had been neg-
lected for far too long.
He said he has also
shown the true effects
that fasting could have
on the body.
Maharaj, who had com-
plained of exhaustion and
dehydration, wrote to
Kublalsingh's former doc-
tor, Asante VanWest-
Charles-Le Blanc, seeking
However, she declined
to treat him.
In an earlier interview
with radio station i95.
Maharaj said he believed
Kublalsingh was able to
complete day 34 of his
strike because of the
treatment he received
"I suspect a lot of that
had to do with the med-
ical care he was receiv-
ing.I though she would
be able to assist me in
maintaining my body a
bit longer than I did. I
believe she had some sort
of method in maintaining
Dr Kublalsingh's body for
as long as he had,"
He said he believed
Blanc only recused her-
self from attending to
Kublalsingh because she
believed death was
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Three policemen have been granted
bail, totalling $300,000, on allegations
of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault
and drug possession.
PC Ainsley Gay of the Southern Divi-
sion Task Force and Special Reserve
Policemen (SRP) Avinash Hajarie, 25,
and Jeremy Tenia, 27, of the Princes
Town Praedial Larceny Squad, appeared
yesterday in the San Fernando Magis-
trate's Court, which was packed with
police who came to support them.
Gay, 29, was charged with armed rob-
bery and the SRPs were jointly charged
with two counts of misbehaviour in
public office, stemming from allegations
of kidnapping and assault.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan told Senior
Magistrate Lucina Cardinez-Ragoonanan
the files have to be sent to the office of
the Director of Public Prosecutions for
a State attorney to be appointed.
The charge against Gay, who has five
years' service, is that on October 15,
armed with a gun, he robbed Rodney
Tannis at Orchid Gardens, Pleasantville,
It is further alleged that on the same
day at the Marabella Police Station three
grammes of marijuana and 0.1 gramme
of cocaine were found in his posses-
The charges were laid by Cpl David
Simon of the Professional Standards
The magistrate expressed concern
about the manner in which a justice of
the peace granted bail to Gay at the San
Fernando Police Station on Sunday.
Noting bail was granted to him sep-
arately on each charge amounting to
$100,000, as opposed to one bail to
cover all charge, she said:
"Let's say he absconded on one
charge. What are we going to do? I really
have a problem when a JP proceeds to
give bail in this manner. I am not saying
it can't be done but it has to be better."
Apart from that, she said, the property
used to secure Gay's bail had two own-
"I want to know how one person
could take bail when two people own
the property," she said. The bailor was
not in court.
The magistrate granted defence attor-
ney Cedric Neptune's request for the
matter to be adjourned today for those
issues to be sorted out.
Hajaree, who has two years' service,
and Tenia, who has one year service,
were jointly charged with two counts of
misbehaviour in public office.
The charges are that on September
14 at Debe they assaulted Basraj Toolsie,
occasioning him actual bodily harm and
falsely imprisoned him and took him
away against his will. Those charges
were laid by Cpl Joefield of the Profes-
sional Standards Bureau.
They were each granted $100,000
bail to cover both charges by a justice
of the peace at the station on Sunday.
Hajaree was represented by attorneys
El Farouk Hosein and Dane Halls and
Tenia was represented by Neptune.
The magistrate approved their bail
and adjourned the case to February 24.
ends his hunger
Decision comes two days after collapse
Pro-highway hunger striker Ravi Balgobin Maharaj
remained warded at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital yesterday after he collapsed on Day Five of
his hunger strike against Dr Wayne Kublalsingh's
hunger strike on Sunday. Maharaj is expected to be
discharged from hospital today.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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But as Maharaj was recuperating,
Kublalsingh fell ill. The leader of the
Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM)
had just pulled up at his camp site out-
side the OPM when he complained of
feeling unwell around 10.30 am yester-
He was immediately taken back to
his home at D'Abadie and up to late
yesterday was being kept under close
watch by relatives. His wife, Dr Sylvia
Moodie-Kublalsingh, who answered his
cellphone yesterday, said she was wor-
ried about her husband's condition.
"He's just getting weaker and
weaker, and critically, he couldn't even
come out the car this morning (yester-
day) and he asked to be taken back
home. That in itself is significant, and I
think that is cause for concern.
"I am just hoping for the best,"
Asked if Kublalsingh would be taken
to hospital, she said that was still un-
KUBLALSINGH FALLS ILL
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