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June 28, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Plans to own a home and
further her education died
with WPC Rashma Sirjudeen
when she and her 13-month-
old son, Rahul, and mother,
Una Samkarran, were killed in
Friday s crash in Debe.
Sirjudeen, 26, who was sta-
tioned at the Ste Madeleine
Police Station, was expected to
finish paying off next year for
the Kia Cerato sedan which col-
lided with a three-tonne truck
along the M2 Ring Road. Her
uncle Ricardo Dass said her plan
was, after paying off for the
vehicle, to begin the search for
a home of her own.
"She wanted her own home
and she was paying off for the
car so when she finished those
payments next year, she would
have started looking for a house.
That was her goal. Everything
she did in life, we had a part to
play in it, even taking her for
her interview to join the Police
Service. She had an opportunity
to get into nursing around the
same time, but she embraced
the Police Service.
"She did O Levels and did a
diploma in computer literacy
and she was looking forward to
furthering her education. She
stopped when she got pregnant
but she had a plan," Dass said.
Speaking at the family s Kent
Street, Williamsville, home yes-
terday, Dass said Sirjudeen
stayed at a family home just
three houses away. According
to Dass, when Rahul was born
Samkarran quit her job as a
domestic worker and moved in
to help care for the child.
"The relationship between
Rashma and her mom was very
good and probably that is why
their deaths happened together
like that. Her mom sacrificed
today. The family is really trau-
matised and for us it is not one
death, but three. Everyone loved
this infant, Una was my sister
and I knew Rashma all her life,"
Relatives recalled how happy
Rahul was as a baby, adding
that his birthday last month
was celebrated with cake and
ice cream. He even recalled that
when Sirjudeen was born, doc-
tors told them that she had
died. Police, he said, later came
to their home and took Samkar-
ran to the hospital because they
found out her baby daughter
was not dead.
Dass said no one knew where
the family was going that fateful
day, only speculating that they
might have been heading to
Debe where Samkarran does
part-time domestic work.
He said Sirjudeen s estranged
husband, Rakesh Sirjudeen,
could not bear to look at their
bodies nor read the newspa-
He said the accident could
have been caused by Sirjudeen s
car skidding before hitting the
truck. Dass said she always
exercised proper road safety,
especially with Rahul in the
An autopsy on the three vic-
tims will be done at the Forensic
Science Centre tomorrow.
The deafening silence by the Central Bank fol-
lowing the dismissal of Clico chairman Gerald
Yetming and managing director Carolyn John
Meanwhile, the Central Bank has yet to submit
its report to Finance Minister Larry Howai on the
circumstances which led to the removal of Yetming
and John and the multimillion-dollar payout made
to former Clico directors.
Yesterday, sources close to the matter confirmed
that Howai was still waiting on the bank s report
to assess what led to the debacle.
Howai had requested a formal report from both
Yetming and Central Bank Governor Jwala Ram-
barran after differing versions of what led to the
payouts emerged. Yetming claimed he was made
a scapegoat after he was dismissed.
Rambarran is yet to publicly respond to Yetming s
The Sunday Guardian understands that Howai
has received a ten-page report from the former
Clico chairman, with supporting emails, a timeline
of events, and papers, documenting correspondences
and reports between himself and the Central Bank.
Yesterday, Yetming confirmed that he had sub-
mitted his report to Howai on the Clico matter.
He, however, declined to share details of the report.
He said he gave Howai a commitment that he
would not release his report until Central Bank had
submitted its report. He said one could only spec-
ulate about the Central Bank s delay in submitting
its report to Howai.
This issue came to light following concerns over
the payment of some $36,188,690.90 to four former
Clico directors---Ian Garcia and his company Events
Unlimited; Clinton Ramberansingh and his con-
nected parties (Bianca Ramberansingh and Martina
De Silva); Vishnu Ramlogan; and Nigel Salina and
his company Nigel Salina and Associates. They
were among ten identified as being paid $48.5 mil-
Subsequent to this, Central Bank issued a release
earlier this month defending the payments. However,
a mere 48 hours later Yetming and John were sum-
marily removed from their post by the Central
Central Bank s senior manager, Strategic Com-
munications and International Relations, Charlene
Ramdhanie did not respond to the Sunday
Guardian s emailed questions nor did Howai. Calls
to John s cellphone went straight to voicemail.
Peter Permell, chairman of the Clico policyholders
group, has expressed concern over the number of
vacant posts on the board of directors at the com-
pany and the delay in continuing payments.
yet on Clico
...Yetming sends 12-page
statement to Howai
Three killed in crash...
WPC's dream to
own home died
Una Samkarran and her grandson 13-month old Rahul who died in a tragic accident in
Debe, on Friday.
WPC Rashma Sirjudeen in happier times with her 13-month-old
Ricardo Dass recalls how his niece WPC
Rashma Sirjudeen's plan was to own a family
home and further her education.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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