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National Security Minister Carlton
Alfonso says a combined effort will
be made among the protective serv-
ices and the Prisons Service to pro-
tect prisons officers.
He was speaking in the wake of
several reports of threats against mem-
bers of the Prisons Service.
Commissioner of Prisons Sterling
Stewart has advised his fellow prisons
officers to be vigilant after members
of the service received information
about a hit man who was hired to
"kill" several prisons officers.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Alfonso said: "I am very concerned
about what is happening. They have
their challenges and the Commissioner
of Prisons has his hands full at this
"They need the law enforcement
assistance and the Defence Force. They
have the offer of assistance if they
Alfonso said a meeting on the threat
was held between acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams and
Stewart on Monday.
"Things are pretty grim and he
(Stewart) has to handle it and he has
to get assistance from the combined
"We have spoken and the Commis-
sioner of Prisons is going to get the
law enforcement praterity who will
deal with the situation. It is clearly
getting out of hand in prisons.
"We have to stop it, with the assis-
tance of the Defence Force and other
law enforcement agencies, before it
gets worse," he said.
Alfonso said there was a lot of vio-
lent talk being done over social sites.
"The law enforcement people will
have to take command of it," he added.
Sources said the riot that began
last week was all part of a ploy to kid-
nap and hold several prisons officers
for ransom at the Golden Grove
Last week, a riot began in the prison
after several cells were searched and
contraband items found.
ASJA president Yacoob Ali said his
organisation did not condone vio-
"We would not encourage any vio-
lence or action of that nature. I am
sure there are other ways and disci-
plinary action can be taken and dealt
"Law and order have to take charge
and we hope peace will prevail. if they
wish to fast they should allowed to
practice freely," he added.
The Water and Sewerage
Authority (WASA) must do over-
haul work on its old mains to
avoid them rupturing and caus-
ing inconvenience to com-
So said chairman of the Diego
Martin Regional Corporation
Daryl Smith in response to yes-
terday s massive gridlock in west
Trinidad caused by a ruptured
eight-inch water main in
"We really need to look at
doing a proper overhaul on the
mains. At this point the candle
is costing more than the funeral.
We need to do a proper assess-
ment, check the mains and the
systems. This ad hoc system of
repairs is not working," Smith
A ruptured water main on the
eastbound lane in Cocorite, near
Powder Magazine Phase 1, caused
a massive traffic jam which
extended to Chaguaramas, Diego
Martin, Petit Valley, Maraval and
Commuters coming out of the
western side of Trinidad were
stuck in the traffic jam for hours
while a WASA crew hastily con-
ducted repair work.
According to officials from
WASA the main broke on Monday
night obliquely opposite West
Shore Medical Hospital, Cocorite.
This caused a large amount of
water to fill the road.
However, eyewitnesses and
drivers said the problem of the
broken main was first detected
on Friday when water began
gushing through the roadway.
Smith said that was not the
first time the area had a traffic
problem when a water main rup-
On February 2, traffic came to
a standstill on the westbound lane
of the highway near Peake s Serv-
ice Station, Cocorite, when a water
main ruptured and left part of the
highway almost impassable.
Smith said the traffic was eased
when the gas station opened up
to allow motorists to pass through
to avoid the main.
He said some sort of contin-
gency plan should be created to
avoid those types of traffic jams.
He is willing to meet with stake-
holders to create a traffic plan
but said any issues with major
roads fell under the purview of
Minister of Works and Infra-
structure Surujrattan Rambachan
said the Police Service should
have been more responsive to
avoid a traffic pile-up.
"It is very unfortunate that
those responsible at the Police
Service did not do what they were
supposed to do. If the main rup-
tured overnight, the police should
have been on the ball to fix the
traffic situation," he said.
He said the police should have
been more cognisant of the fact
that there would have been a traf-
Director of customer care of
WASA, Doodnath Bhola, apolo-
gised for the inconvenience. He
said the main which ruptured was
an old one which was laid more
than 20 years ago.
Residents in Diego
Martin/Cocorite area were with-
out water. However, WASA sup-
plied a truck-borne supply to the
nearby West Shore Medical and
the Seventh Day Adventist Hos-
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Burst WASA main
WASA employees at the site of a ruptured pipeline in Cocorite which caused major traffic disruptions in west
Trinidad yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
In wake of threats to prisons officers...
You can lean on us
• Statements made against
prison officers on a social site:
One man: "Find out the
prisons officers involved. I am
going to extract retribution in
Another's answer: "Just as
they class us as one when they
are beating us likewise my
brother Abu Dharr class them as
one when you are extracting
retribution. No need to know the
officers who did this."
First answer: "Officers who
was not in the beating of the
brother give us the names of
the officers that did the beating
if you don't we will take your
head instead."In Shaa Allah."
Another discussion: "We need
to rise up against the protective
services. When last a police or
soldier get murdered."
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