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Attorney Gerald Ramdeen is calling on the State
to examine all public places where people recreate
to ensure that they are safe and free of danger.
The call came on the heels of the death of Mary
Bhagan, 49, who died on Monday weeks after a tree
fell on her and seven others while they were liming
at the Caura River, El Dorado, Tunapuna on August
22.The others injured were identified as Kenny Rupert,
48 and his wife, Gloria, 42, of Tacarigua; Alberta
Pureed, 30, Dave Bhola, 32, and his wife, Ornella
Pollard, 25, of Crown Street, Tacarigua and Mary
Bhagan, 42, of Bassie Street, Spring Village, Valsayn.
The services of Ramdeen have been retained by
all the victims, including the estate of Bhagan, now
that she has died, for him to begin legal proceedings
against the State.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian, Ramdeen said
Bhagan s death raises the issue of safety of all public
"Parks, beaches and other places are under the
control of both the State and the corporations. This
is an opportunity for both the regional corporations
and the State to now examine all places and ensure
by whatever means that these places where persons
recreate and gather on a daily basis are safe and do
not pose any danger to anyone occupying these
places. Inspections need to take place," Ramdeen
"It was no fault of these people that they were
liming there and the tree fell on them. This could
happen to anybody. Let this be a wake-up call because
nobody check on these things and now, someone
has lost their life. The State must take responsibility,"
Ramdeen also disclosed that since the incident no
professional counselling services or any other support
services were given to any of the victims or their
On August 25, 2015, the T&T Guardian published
an article quoting the then health minister Dr Fuad
Khan pledging to arrange professional counselling
for the victims after their family members admitted
to still being dazed and traumatised by the incident.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Bha-
gan s husband, Bobby, said he and his wife
were married for over 25 years and have
two children, ages 20 and 23.
A distraught Bobby would only describe
his wife as a very likable person.
Speaking on Bobby s behalf, Ramdeen
said a few hours before Bhagan passed away,
doctors told family members that she looked
better and added that there was the pos-
sibility of her being discharged.
"That little glimmer of bliss turned into
sorrow for Bobby and his children. That
morning (Monday) Bobby decided to go on
a nine-day fast for his wife s speedy recovery
and had gone by the pundit when he received
a call from his son informing him to come
to the hospital quickly. By the time he got
there, his wife was already gasping for breath.
He wasn t even given that chance to go to
her bedside in her last few moments. Can
you imagine how more traumatic this would
have been for them. Up to 9 pm that night
(Monday) no call was ever made to Bobby
offering professional counselling for them,"
The funeral service for Bhagan will be
held under Hindu rites at the house of
mourning at about 9 am tomorrow today.
She will be cremated at the Waterloo Cre-
After falling tree kills woman at Caura...
Family plans lawsuit against State
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