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National Security Minister Carl Alfonso
says the police should probe reports that a
police dragnet in crime hotspot Enterprise,
Chaguanas, on Sunday was compromised
after criminals were tipped off by police.
He made the comment yesterday as he
responded to questions on a T&T Guardian
story yesterday which revealed that officers
involved in the police exercise claimed that
sensitive information had been leaked by
their colleagues to the criminals they were
"We need to find out what exactly went
on in the exercise," Alfonso said in a telephone
"If there is a leak then we need to discover
it. I am sure the Police Commissioner is as
concerned as I am. I would like to know what
Also contacted yesterday, acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams said he
could not comment on the matter because
he was not in the country. Attempts to contact
Deputy Police Commissioner Glenn Hackett
were also unsuccessful.
The dragnet had been organised in response
to a spate of recent violence and shootings
within the Central region over the past month,
believed to have been sparked by two warring
But at least two senior officers involved in
the exercise confirmed to the T&T Guardian
that the dragnet, which took days to organise,
was compromised because the criminals got
key intelligence from some of their colleagues.
This, they said, denied them to opportunity
to round up more criminals during the exer-
Yesterday, however, head of the Central
Division, Snr Supt Johnny Abraham, denied
that information was leaked to criminals.
"If information was leaked, we may not
have arrested persons for firearms," Abraham
said, adding ten people were charged as a
result of the exercise.
Four people yesterday appeared before
court, two charged for possession of home-
made firearms and two for possession of
cocaine, arising out of the exercise. Five others
are also still detained and being questioned
by the police, but they were not charged.
One other person was held by immigration
A senior officer said yesterday, however,
that in any big operation there will always
be leaks or at least some information regarding
heightened police activity getting out to the
The matter has also caught the attention
of Police Complaints Authority director David
West, who yesterday advised officers who
had information about the leak to "come in
to the PCA and give a comprehensive state-
ment and the PCA will investigate the matter
once it falls within our legal remit."
From 10 pm Saturday to Sunday at 10 am,
more than 250 officers attached to different
agencies engaged in the exercise in Enterprise,
which was led by the Central Division.
The agencies included the T&T Regiment,
Immigration, K-9 Unit, Inter-Agency Task
Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, four
other police divisions and the National Oper-
JENSEN LA VENDE
A land dispute has been blamed for a
shooting incident in Plum Mitan, east of
Sangre Grande, on Sunday, which left an
11- year old boy nursing gunshot injuries
after he was shot while asleep.
Brydn Jury was shot three times in the
abdomen and foot when attackers came with
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday
Sitram Jury, 67, the boy s grandfather, whose
home was also shot at during the incident,
said: "God saved that little boy you know.
The bullets went straight through. He in Mt
Jury admitted that he had been questioned
for a murder in the district and released but
said if anyone had anything against him they
should have sought him.
"If I do somebody something come and
lick me up, leave my son and my grandson,"
he said. Jury said his home was attacked
twice last month by an arsonist. On one
occasion his curtain caught afire and on
another date a Molotov cocktail was thrown
at his home but failed to explode.
As a result of these attacks, Jury had
installed security cameras outside his wooden
home. He said he was sleeping when gunmen
opened fire on his home on Sunday, shattering
the louvre panes.
The bullets tore through the mosquito net
above his bed before exiting through another
bedroom. He said while bullets flew over his
head he was on his phone contacting the
Biche Police Station.
The maternal grandfather of the child,
Permanand Hanooman, said he has been
living in Settlement Trace, Plum Mitan, all
his life and will not be moved by the attack.
Hanooman, 69, said the incident was a
sad one, as since the shooting the entire
family has been shaken up.
"I born and grow here. My navel string
bury here where I will go?" he questioned.
Jury, like Hanooman, said he would not
be chased from his home having lived there
since August 15, 1974.
We must know what happened
Alfonso wants dragnet tip-off probed
Land dispute blamed in Grande shooting
Sitram 'Superman' Jury holds up a burnt curtain
which he said was caused after someone threw a
Molotov cocktail at his wooden house a month ago.
Security cameras were clearly visible outside Sitram 'Superman' Jury's Plum Mitan home
yesterday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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