Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 24th 2015 Contents Pollard said the family was there to celebrate Kenny
and another of her aunts, Wendy Hernandez birth-
"We just decided on having this lime for the birth-
days and also for several of our family members who
are currently here in T&T from foreign on vacation,
so we probably would have gone to the river about
11 am and we had already started cooking when all
hell broke loose," Pollard said.
Eyewitness Shivan Chan said in an interview that
he along with his 22-year-old cousin had escaped
injury and/or possible death as initially that said spot
was chosen by them for their lime.
"We had earlier went right there in that same spot
where the tree fell and had already set up to cook
when we decided to go higher up," Chan recalled.
"When we went higher up we saw that it had too
much people so we decided to come back down to
that same spot when we heard a snap.
"We looked up and saw a branch falling and in a
split second the entire tree split in two and came
crashing down. That noise was so loud and thunderous
that it sent off all the car alarms in the area."
Chan, who is a fire officer, said initially he froze
in shock when it occurred, but he then quickly acted
in assisting the victims.
"I was real shocked and then with my training
with being able to deal with emergencies kicked in
and I started helping the victims. I remember the
boy being pulled out from under the tree and I remem-
ber one of the women being unresponsive," he added.
Subsequent to the incident, Pollard said she was
told that several trees, including the one that fell on
them, were earmarked to be cut down by the Tuna-
puna/Piarco Regional Corporation.
"If this is true these trees were not marked and
there were no warning signs. Not even were there
any caution tapes placed around the area.
"So we were not aware of any pending danger. We
were there liming on the concrete part where they
have the concrete tables and benches," Pollard said.
She added that Caura River is labelled as one of
Trinidad s major tourist attractions and therefore she
would have expected the relevant authorities to do
everything to protect visitors to the area.
The victims who have been discharged are expected
to go to the Tunapuna Police Station to lodge their
They will also be seeking to contact officials of
the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation.
An eight-year-old boy was in critical condition at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC),
Mount Hope, last night, after a huge tree fell on him and
six other family members during an outing at Caura
River, El Dorado, Tunapuna, on Saturday.
Family members were praying for the safe recovery of
Dimitri Rampersad last night.
The other injured were identified as Kenny Rupert, 48,
his wife, Gloria, 42, of Tacarigua; Alberta Pureed, 30, and
Dimitri, of Five Rivers, Arouca; Dave Bhola, 32, and his
wife, Ornella Pollard, 25, of Crown Street, Tacarigua, and
Mary Bhaggan, 42, of Spring Village, Valsayn.
Rampersad, who received severe face trauma and a broken
leg, and Bhaggan, who received spinal injuries, are both
currently warded in the Intensive Care Unit of the EWMSC.
Rampersad is a Standard Four pupil of the El Dorado
South Hindu Primary School.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, Pollard, who received
back injuries, said she and her husband Bhola were dis-
charged from hospital on Saturday night. Bhola, she said,
sustained several broken bones, including in one of his legs
She said the incident occurred some time between 12.30
pm and 1 pm Saturday.
"It just happened so quickly. While liming there we just
heard a snap and in a split second the tree fell down on
us. We didn t have any warning," Pollard said.
"Mary was pinned under the tree and I remember seeing
her there and with all my effort and strength, I managed
to pull her out. It was so horrible, devastating and traumatic."
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for 21ST AUGUST, 2015
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) chairman
Rekha Ramjit is calling for personal security
for all candidates contesting the September
7 general elections after the party s candidate
for Fyzabad, Fabien Assie, discovered an
envelope with bullets at his office on Satur-
Saying it was a sign of desperation, hooli-
ganism and thuggery, Ramjit said yesterday
she expects further incidents before the Sep-
tember 7 poll date, as the ILP has been gaining
Assistant Commissioner of Police Cecil San-
tana yesterday confirmed that Fyzabad police,
led by Supt Jimmy Palloo, went to Assie s
office around 5 pm to investigate the matter.
A report stated that the brown envelope
containing two bullets was slipped under the
door to Assie s office.
Written on it was, "This is for Fyzabad can-
didate Fabien Assie."
Officers took the bullets for analysis while
Cpl Haynes is carrying out inquiries.
Speaking by phone yesterday, Ramjit said,
"My understanding is that he came into his
office and found an envelope addressed to
him. When he opened it there were two bullets
and a message that it was for him.
"He called in the police and I, myself, spoke
with police officer Haynes and they are doing
their investigation. We don t know who deliv-
erered it, we are not going to say who we think
it is, but it was delivered.
She added, "Obviously it is related to the
election. It is the start of thuggery and hooli-
ganism as it relates to the election. We don t
know who it is from, whether it is from the
PNM or the UNC, but obviously somebody
wants to undermine the campaign of Mr Fabien
Assie because the ILP is growing in popular-
ity."Ramjit said they were confident the police
would probe the matter thoroughly.
"The CSI officers are doing what they need
to do and we have confidence that the justice
system will deal with it appropriately. However,
personal security is a major issue. It is one
that former minister of national security, Mr
Gary Griffith, said that we should pay special
attention to," she said.
"I believe that security for all the candidates
is a must in this election. It also indicates that
there is desperation among the political parties
for the election. We expect this incident to be
repeated in the future."
She said the incident had been traumatic
for Assie, who went to the Gulf View Medical
Centre on Saturday night after suffering a
bout of hypertension and chest pain. In a brief
phone call yesterday, Assie said he was still
at the medical centre where his heart was
Because of his condition, he was unable to
recall Saturday s event.
Meanwhile, United National Congress
deputy political leader Marlene Coudray dis-
missed the claim that her party was involved.
She said, "Why would anybody want to do
that against the ILP at this stage? That is not
our modus operandi in the UNC, and since
they keeping so much company with the PNM
they should check them." • See Page A5
Birthday lime goes awry in a flash
takes out 7
Death threat for ILP Fyzabad candidate
2 bullets left in envelope
Dave Bhola, 32, of Crown Street, Tacarigua, who was one of seven people
injured after a tree fell on them on Saturday during a lime at Caura River,
nurses his injuries at home yesterday.
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