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Police were still searching last night for
answers in the murders of Preysal residents
Gabriel Sohan, 21, and Christopher Ram-
sawak, 27, who were found burnt to death
in a car at Woodford Lodge, Chaguanas,
on Tuesday night.
According to a police report, at about
midnight police officers, along with the fire
appliances, responded to a report of a car
on fire at the facility which is a stone s throw
away from the Chaguanas Police Station.
When the flames were doused firefighters
discovered the bodies in the back seat of a
the vehicle, a Honda Civic.
The bodies were removed to the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, where they were
Speaking with the media at the centre,
Sohan s mother, Chelsea, said she last saw
her daughter about three weeks ago.
She said she was told of the incident by
Ramsawak s father while painting.
"The boy father come and call me. I was
painting upstairs and he say come, come
and when I come his eyes was full up of
tears and the boy s mother tell me what
happen," Sohan said.
The mother of four said Gabriel was her
first-born and only daughter.
Relatives of Ramsawak said they did not
want to speak when approached by the
Investigations are continuing.
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The burnt out Honda Civic in which the bodies of Gabriella Sohan, inset, and Christopher
Ramsawak were discovered in Chaguanas on Tuesday night. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Preysal couple found burnt to death in car
The board of state-owned
National Gas Company (NGC)
yesterday fired company pres-
ident Indar Maharaj, a little
over two months after he was
sent on leave with immediate
A two-sentence statement
from the company last night
said that "the decision was taken
by the chairman and board of
directors after careful delibera-
tions and in a manner consistent
with proper industrial relations
The termination of his service
was effective as of yesterday s
While no official would pro-
vide an official explanation for
the decision, a company source
said the board was very con-
cerned about NGC s financial,
legal and technical exposure to
the controversial, billion-dollar
Beetham Waste Water Treat-
The project, which aims to
provide the tenants of the Point
Lisas Industrial Estate with recy-
cled waste water, was awarded
to Super Industrial Services Ltd
in February 2014.
NGC issued the contract to
SIS to design, build, operate
and maintain a water recycling
facility adjacent to the existing
Beetham Waste Water Treat-
ment Plant (BWWTP), together
with the associated pipelines
and water storage facilities.
From the announcement of
the award of the contract the
project was controversial, as days
after it came to light then Oppo-
sition leader, Dr Keith Rowley,
wrote to President Anthony Car-
mona on March 10, 2014, asking
him to use his authority to
"investigate and call upon" for-
mer prime minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar to explain the cir-
cumstances of the deal.
The board s concerns centred
around the absence of an official
offtake agreement through
which the water would be sold
to tenants at the industrial estate
and the expiration of the per-
formance bond before the com-
pletion and commissioning of
The board was also concerned
that the insurance policy cov-
ering the works had lapsed.
Maharaj was sent on leave on
October 8 in one of the first
decisions taken by the new NGC
board, which is chaired by for-
mer ANSA McAL executive
director Gerry Brooks and
includes energy industry veter-
ans Andrew Jupiter and Kenneth
Allum and electrical engineers
Sham Mahabir and Marcus
Three other managers were
sent on leave with immediate
effect in "adjustments to com-
pany leadership" which result-
ed in Maria Thorne, vice pres-
ident, legal and corporate
management, being asked to
act as president of the com-
Efforts to contact Maharaj last
night were unsuccessful as calls
to his cellphone went unan-
swered and he did not respond
to a text message.
NGC boss sacked
Board unhappy with Beetham project deal
Another person has died after contracting
the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as swine
flu.The death occurred sometime between Monday
and yesterday afternoon at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, and the
official report was handed to Medical Chief of
Staff Dr Andy Bhagwandass yesterday afternoon.
In a brief telephone interview last night, Bhag-
wandass said he could
not divulge much
information on the
patient, claiming doc-
tiality as the reason.
He added that a
report about a mother
who recently gave
birth and is being
treated for the virus,
will be given to him
The condition of
the dead patient dete-
riorated rapidly after
he or she was admitted to the hospital, and is
the fifth death from the virus in T&T.
The mother currently warded with the virus,
according to a CNC3 report, is listed in a critical
condition at the Intensive Care Unit, is being
treated for respiratory failure and being given
tamiflu. No update was given on the baby.
The two doctors who were treating the patient
who died are also said to be in a stable condition,
having contracted the virus and are at home.
According to the European Centre for Disease
Prevention and Control (ECDC), 14,286 people
died worldwide during the 2009 swine flu pan-
demic of which there were 237 deaths in Central
America and Caribbean regions.
Barbados confirmed four cases; Cuba, one;
Dominican Republic, 93 and Jamaica, 33. One
death was confirmed in Trinidad, with several
others being treated for the virus.
However, there were several other suspected
deaths in 2009. There were also two confirmed
swine flu deaths in 2013.
at Mt Hope
Indar Maharaj, former
president of NGC.
Dr Andy Bhagwandass
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