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A teenaged girl who
was receiving coun-
selling after her
father s murder exact-
ly one year and a day
ago has gone missing.
Venita Chablal, 14,
was last seen on March
23 and her mother,
Nadine, fears the
child s inability to cope
with her father s mur-
der, which remains
unsolved, triggered her
to run away from
Venita was last seen
wearing a black jersey,
blue jeans and a pair of red and white
sneakers around Perseverance, Couva.
Up until two weeks ago, Venita lived
with her mother and two sisters at
Southern Main Road, Plaisance Park,
The child s father, Vishnu Chablal,
a tow truck driver, was gunned down
outside his home last year, two days
after thieves broke into his house and
stole several items. There were never
any arrests in that case.
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Venita s mother
said although she and Chablal separated
when Venita was seven, Venita was
closest to him of all her children.
"Even after we broke up he would
always come to look for her and call
her everyday. They were very close and
when he was killed she kind of fell
apart," Nadine said.
"She was receiving
counselling at the Couva
Police station, but she was
not responding much to
it."She said Venita, a form
two student of the Couva
West Secondary, also
began acting out since her
father s death.
"She was not opening
sellor and she was just
giving a little trouble since
her father died. She is a
good child otherwise," she
Nadine said Venita
started getting into trouble because
people took advantage of her vulner-
"People have a way of getting to
young girls who are hurting. They took
advantage of this situation and advised
her to leave the house."
She said none of Venita s clothes or
belongings were missing from her bed-
room, as the child appeared to have
taken nothing with her. She sent out
an emotional plea for the return of her
"All I want is for her to come home
safely. I will get her more thorough
counselling, anything for her to come
back home. I am begging whoever has
Venita, please bring her home."
Anyone with information can con-
tact the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, St
Margaret s Police Station or the nearest
police station. ---SR
Teen traumatised by dad's
murder goes missing
Minutes after a Gasparillo family began birthday
celebrations for their patriarch at the popular Harry s
Water Park in Rio Claro on Sunday, they received
a phone call that their house was on fire.
The Ramcharan family thus had to abandon the
celebration for Ramcumar Ramcharan, who turned
50 on Monday, that they had been planning for the
past few months.
They rushed back to their Caratal Road, Gasparillo,
home, but were unable to save anything, as the four-
bedroom wooden structure was burnt completely to
The family of nine, including Ramcumar, 50; his
wife Rhonda, 48; their son Rajive, 29; his wife Kandice,
24; granddaughter Aisha, eight; grandson Nicholas,
four; daughter Reanna, 19; son Rayon, 22, and his
fiance Indira, 26, are now all homeless.
But Ramcharan is placing the blame squarely on
T&TEC, as he says numerous complaints were made
to the company about electricity surges in the area
which were never attended to.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday, Ramcharan
estimated his losses at around $300,000.
"We lost everything, appliances, furniture, clothes,
jewelry, there was nothing that could be saved," he
"All the neighbours say there was a power surge in
the area just before they saw the fire, so I know that
is the cause of this fire."
Ramcharan, a labourer with the Couva Tabaquite
Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC), said he had
made numerous complaints over the past few months
to T&TEC but received no response.
"The (electricity) pole was sparking a lot recently.
I reported it three times and they said they would
come to see about it within 14 days. It s only after my
house burnt down they come to see what going on."
Ramcharan said he would await the results of the
fire report to determine how he should proceed.
With tears in his eyes, Ramcharan spoke of the fam-
ily s parrot, nicknamed Parrot Boy, who died in the
fire after being left in his cage for safety.
"My wife taking it real hard. She say she only imag-
ining how he would have called out to us to help him
when the fire start," he said.
His family is now split apart as they have had to
seek refuge at the homes of various family members.
When the T&T Guardian visited the scene of the
fire yesterday, Ramcharan s cousin and neighbour,
Karamchan Ramcharan Jr, echoed his complaints about
the electricity supply.
"Sometimes the lights just start to flicker, the TV
would cut off, the pole would just spark up. You know
how many times I complained? Nobody ever came
to see about it," he said.
Ramcharan Jr showed the T&T Guardian pieces of
electrical wire he said were replaced earlier during the
day by T&TEC workmen.
"I wasn t home when the men come, they tell my
mother we have to get an electrician to change the
wire from the pole to the house and they changed the
connecting wires and say it will last a few months
But Ramcharan Jr questioned the instructions left
by the workmen, since, he said, he never knew private
electricians were permitted to interfere with the T&TEC
T&TEC s corporate communications manager
Anabelle Brasnell said there were no trouble reports
prior to the fire, according to their records. She said
a voltage fluctuation problem was reported in the area
two years ago but this had been rectified. However,
she said, an investigation was being launched into the
home destroyed by fire
Man's 50th birthday celebration turns sour
Reuben Ramcharan, a son of Ramcumar Ramcharan, removes a toy backhoe from the rubble of his family's
destroyed home yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Missing teenager Venita
Chablal who was last seen
on March 23.
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