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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 10, 2015
One of the most talked about sto-
ries this past week on CrimeWatch
was the robbery and shootout
between three armed bandits and
police at the Vietnam Bar in Bar-
Police constable Cashyap Lochan
was shot several times as he and col-
leagues responded to the robbery on
Video footage showed Lochan
being shot by the bandits as he
attempted to enter the bar.
Despite being shot, Lochan bravely
fired back at the bandits while trying
to get to cover. The bandits escaped
after Lochan collapsed some distance
CrimeWatch host Ian Alleyne
praised the police, especially at this
time where citizens are very con-
cerned over the escalating crime sit-
uation in the country. He urged the
authorities to ensure the injured cop
gets proper medical attention.
Alleyne was able to recover and
restore the footage from the bar and
aired it first exclusively on the show.
He was able to reveal the identity of
the men through skilled computer
work by freezing the video at key
intervals where clear shots of the
bandits faces were seen.
Members of the public immediately
called in live to give information on
the whereabouts of the men. All the
information was passed on to Sr Supt
Johnny Abraham and a manhunt has
been launched for the suspects.
Alleyne also met with Lochan s
family and aired the interview, where
the family admitted that Lochan was
being treated well at the San Fernando
General Hospital, but was still await-
ing a CT scan and was paying for his
own medication as some of the
tablets were not available at the hos-
Alleyne called on the authorities
to look into the matter and ensure
Lochan gets top treatment as he was
injured while on duty.
Alleyne also visited the Grand
Bazaar, Valsayn area where burger
vendor Kemraj Seerattan, 22, of Bam-
boo Village #3, was shot several times
around 11.30 pm on January 4, 2015
as he was setting up his stall.
The matter is being investigated
The CrimeWatch team was also
on the scene where a bandit was shot
and killed by a security guard from
Telecom Security during an attempted
robbery at a roti shop near the Mar-
itime Plaza, Barataria, on January 6.
The men were attempting to
escape after robbing a customer when
they were confronted by the guards
and there was an exchange of gun-
One of the bandits, identified as
Kerman Andrews, was hit and died
on the spot. His cohort escaped in
a nearby car which had been left
Alleyne later learned that Andrews
had a string of arrests for similar
crimes and was out on bail.
Sr Supt Boxhill and other police
are investigating the matter.
Also this week, the family and par-
ents of three-year-old Ravindra Gatoo
appealed to Alleyne to help them get
They made the appeal as Alleyne
offered condolences to the family at
the young boy s funeral at the Caroni
Ravindra was killed in an accident
on the M2 Ring Road, Picton, on
December 29, 2014, while the family
was returning home from visiting
According to police, a truck lost
control on the wet road and slammed
into their vehicle, killing him instantly.
Ravindra s mother, Samantha Gattoo,
33, was also hurt in the crash and
was treated at hospital and subse-
Alleyne learned that the truck driv-
er was released by police and the
truck returned to him soon after the
accident. He called for a more intense
investigation into the case.
The investigation into the disap-
pearance of Shabanna Mohammed,
19, of Akal Trace, Santa Cruz, came
to a sad end as her partly decom-
posing body was discovered by police
at the back of her home on Thurs-
A neighbour found the body after
police were called to the area after
neighbours detected a bad smell in
some bushes behind Mohammed s
The family broke down as her body
was pulled from a drain a few meters
from her home. Alleyne showed live
the area where Mohammed s body
was discovered and how close to her
house it was.
The investigators and Alleyne agree
that this was a crime committed by
someone close to her, as it resembles
a crime of passion. He pointed out
that a suspect was being looked at
by the police but did not want to say
too much more.
Samantha Gattoo, third from right, the mother of three-year-old Ravindra Gattoo (inset) is consoled by relatives
during his funeral service at Bejucal Road, Cunupia, last Sunday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Central Division police made
two major "busts" on January 8.
After receiving information,
police intercepted two white
Nissan Tiidas in St Mary's,
Freeport, after a high speed
chase that started in Couva.
Police seized 15 packets of
high grade cocaine worth $6
million and arrested the men.
Alleyne was informed by
sources that the drugs were in-
transit to another international
Central police were led to Mt
Plaisir Road, Cunupia, where a
large amount of marijuana was
discovered and seized from a
field. No arrest was made.
Alleyne praised the officers
and interviewed Sr Supt Johnny
Abraham on his success in the
reduction of crime in Central.
Abraham thank his colleagues
and the public for the
information they provided.
Aisha Andrews, 16, of Petty
Trace, Guaico, Sangre Grande,
has been missing since
December 6, 2014.
Her father appeared on the
show pleading with Alleyne fand
the public for assistance in
finding her. It is alleged she left
home in search of a job and
never returned. However, foul
play is not suspected as the
young girl has run away from
home twice before. Alleyne is
asking anyone who may have
information on her whereabouts
to text him on 294-4081.
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