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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 9, 2015
Almost a year after police Cen-
tral Division head Johnny Abra-
ham thought he had nipped it in
the bud, gang warfare has resur-
faced in Enterprise.
"These underworld characters,
the more you hold, more keep
coming," Abraham, in a rare mood
of concession, said yesterday.
His comments came in the wake
of the murder of Mikhail Dyer who
was shot multiple times by two
assailants at his Eagle Avenue,
Enterprise, home last Sunday after-
noon. Dyer was a father of three.
His wife, Tina, was also shot and
wounded in the attack.
Central police immediately insti-
tuted a dragnet, a system of co-
ordinated measures for apprehend-
ing criminals or suspects, including
road barricades and traffic stops,
and held an armed man near the
Abraham said police suspect the
shooting was related to warfare
between rival gangs Rasta City and
Muslim, in the area.
He has said the use of religion
to commit crime in Central would
not be tolerated by the police.
Almost a year ago, in June 2014,
Abraham told this newspaper that
the Central Division had "nipped
in the bud" what appeared to be
a recruitment drive in Central by
the two Port-of-Spain based gangs.
There was a spate of shootings
in the Enterprise area around that
The police arrested two key play-
ers and laid 34 shooting and gun
charges against them, Abraham
Yesterday, he told the T&T
Guardian the problem had resur-
faced and he blamed it on "elders."
He said: "Some elders are using
religion to get the youths to commit
He had a word of advice for
those religious elders: "Whether
Muslim, Catholic or Christian,
when you are baptising people,
advise them it is for a good pur-
Abraham said the police were
dealing with the re-emerging gang
rivalry in Central by "keeping our
ears on the ground."
Asked about the size of the
gangs membership, he said he did
not have a definite figure as yet.
He said recruitment of members
was a major part of gang activities
in the area.
John Gangadeen, 47, of Guaico,
Tamana, is questioning why his case
of alleged abuse by police officers was
closed off by the Police Complaints
Authority (PCA) last month.
Gangadeen was allegedly badly beat-
en by police officers on January 2, 2014
at the Sangre Grande Police Station.
He said he was detained for questioning
in connection with an alleged kidnap-
ping of a woman and was beaten by
police officers during interrogation.
The alleged kidnapping case turned
out to be fake and a woman was sub-
sequently arrested and charged for the
Gangadeen said after his release from
police custody he sought medical treat-
ment at the Accident and Emergency
Department of the Sangre Grande Hos-
According to a signed document by
Dr Hanumath Rao Mahadasu, on
examination, redness, tenderness and
swelling was noted on the left arm,
forearm and elbow joint.
"Right thigh tenderness, swelling and
redness noted. Left thigh tenderness
and swelling and redness noted. Vision
was not affected. Globe no abnormal-
ities detected. Right wrist tenderness
and swelling noted. Soft tissue injury
on the upper lip. Cardiovascular system,
central nervous system, respiratory sys-
tem and abdomen no abnormalities
detected. No evidence of fractures or
head injury," the statement stated.
Gangadeen, who appeared on CNC3 s
Crime Watch programme on Tuesday
with host Ian Alleyne, said he believed
that something went wrong in the
investigations and wanted the case to
be reopened for the sake of justice.
"It is very unfair to me that I was
brutalised like this and the case closed
with no justice. I want the relevant
authorities to look into my case again,"
On Tuesday, 12 police officers
assigned to the Sangre Grande Police
Station appeared in court for the alleged
abuse of Ralph Andrew Lewis, who
sustained severed burns in the genital
area and buttocks after hot water was
thrown on him during interrogation at
the same station.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian,
Gangadeen claimed that one of the
officers who was charged for Lewis
alleged abuse, was one of the officers
alleged to have beaten him back in 2014.
"This abuse to people need to stop,"
Gagadeen lodged an official report
on January 13, 2014, however, in a cor-
respondence he received from he PCA
dated March 19, 2015 informed him
that the case was closed.
Gang warfare on
rise again in Central
Police abuse victim calls
for PCA case investigation
John Gangadeen shows the notice he
received from the PCA.
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