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The Inter-Agency Task Force
(IATF) has now joined with forces
in the Central Division to conduct
patrols in a bid to restore law and
order in the Enterprise, Chagua-
The instructions were given on
Wednesday following another ran-
dom shooting incident at Enter-
prise Street in which two innocent
bystanders were shot and wound-
ed.The incident, according to a
police report, occurred at about 4
pm Wednesday. Eyewitnesses told
police that a brown Toyota Crown
vehicle, occupied by three people,
was seen driving slowly along the
The front seat and back seat
passengers then placed their
machine guns, which were
strapped around their necks, out
the car windows and opened fire.
Two men, who were walking
along the street were struck. One
of them was only identified as a
24-year-old man from Johnson
Street (name withheld) and anoth-
er man from the area, whose infor-
mation was not yet released.
Both men were taken to the
Chaguanas Health Facility and then
transferred to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt
Hope. One of them was shot in
The first batch of officers from
the IATF began their patrol at
about 6 am yesterday and were
replaced last night by another IATF
Patrols were also conducted by
officers of the Central Division,
including the Central Division s
Major Crimes Unit and Task Force.
Residents at Boss Lane, which
is located between Walter Lane
and Bhagaloo Street, said they were
fearful for their lives as their homes
were often caught up in crossfire
from the gunmen.
One resident, who wished not
to be identified, told to the T&T
Guardian yesterday her home was
sprayed with over 12 bullets.
"One of the bullets went
through my back door. It could
have hit anyone of us inside the
house and I have two children. All
in front of my house have bullet
holes all over, on the walls and
"This is very scary. I have to be
hiding inside my house for fear
that a bullet may come through a
window and hit me. We need
help," she added.
Another resident, also from Boss
Lane, said one of his neighbours
who was building his home wanted
to abandon the construction and
flee the area.
Speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, the Lamont
Street masjid s imam, Lennox Edue
Agard, said he believed the young
Muslim men were straying from
the fundamental teachings of
"All this violence and gun things
by these young men clearly says
to me that they have strayed from
the true meaning and teachings of
Islam because Islam does not con-
done this kind of violence. True
leaders need to identify the root
problem and deal with it, so as to
quell this situation," he added.
On Tuesday, residents of Bha-
galoo Street, Gittens Lane and
Chris Terrace West spoke of their
experience with gunmen coming
into the area and shooting them
and their homes.
On Wednesday, National Secu-
rity Minister Carl Alfonso said he
would sanction soldiers to go into
the area, once a request was made
by the police.
Task Force on the
beat in Enterprise
Former Senate president Timothy
Hamel-Smith will speak today at the
launching of yet another new political
organisation to be known as the Third
Force Movement. He was with the
Congress of the People (COP).
Word of the initiative came yesterday,
via press release, from Alliance of Inde-
pendent s (AOI) Gary Griffith whose
party was formed recently by former
COP members. Griffith didn t reply to
cell calls on whether AOI would be part
of the new political entity, affiliated in
some way or otherwise.
The release stated the new party
would be launched at the Normandie
Hotel, St Ann s, at 10 am today.
An interim executive will be pre-
sented, logo, and the announcement
of the first public meeting.
Hamel-Smith and several other for-
mer COP members have recently
expressed concern about the political
landscape, issues facing T&T and the
COP former leader Winston Dook-
eran who said last week he was bowing
out of politics, has not said what his
next direction will be. His recent book
had expressed concerns that a crisis
still existed in local politics and a recon-
ceptualisation was needed.---GA
launch new party
Four Chinese nationals yesterday
pleaded guilty to stealing turtle eggs
and were fined $500 each.
Magistrate Indar Jagroop, presiding
in the Arima Magistrates Court, ordered
that fine be paid immediately.
The four---Jiang Han Zhang, Geding
Zhang, Chunsei Li, Qingsong Li---were
arrested on Sunday after they were held
transporting the turtle eggs along Paria
Main Road, Blanchisseuse.
Members of the North Eastern Divi-
sion Task Force received a report that
the men were digging turtle eggs out
of the sand at Marianne Beach, Blan-
chisseuse, and placing them in bags.
The men, between 30 and 45, were
held leaving the beach along the Paria
Main Road with the eggs.
They were held under Section 2 (A)
of the Protection of Turtle and Turtle
Eggs Regulation which reads: "No one
shall remove any turtle eggs after they
have been laid and buried by any female
turtle or after they have been buried
by any person."
Chinese fined for
stealing turtle eggs
The four Chinese nationals, who pleaded guilty to harvesting turtle eggs, as they
left the Arima Magistrates Court yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A police patrol drives past a shot-up supermarket along Enterprise Street, Chaguanas, yesterday.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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