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The doctor of the
clinic has been
released without any
charges being laid. The
doctor is claiming
that, while in custody,
she never had the
privilege of meeting
with her lawyer.
Speaking with the
T&T Guardian yesterday,
Dr Surelia Reid of Sure-
Way Weight Loss Clinic,
said that last Monday she
was approached by four
male officers and a
female officer from Fraud
Squad while outside her
St James Clinic.
Reid said she was
forced to go with them
without an arrest warrant
shown to her.
"I turned off my vehi-
cle and was forced to
enter into an unmarked
vehicle. My many
attempts to find out what
it was about was met
with hostility," she said.
Upon arriving at the
Fraud Squad Unit, Reid
said that her cellphone
was confiscated and she
was not allowed to
retrieve her attorney s
"I managed to call a
friend and ask him to
send my attorney for
me," Reid said.
Four hours after, Reid
was able to start her
interview in the presence
of her lawyer. "However,
after that, were not
allowed to meet again,"
Asked if she was ques-
tioned in connection with
any fraud cases, Reid said,
"Yes, two cases."
Reid said she was also
shown related documents,
"I told them I have
never met the individuals
nor contracted them to
do any work for SureWay
Weight Loss Clinic. Nor
was the handwriting on
the cheques mine," she
Reid said after the
interview she was put in
a cell and told she would
be there until the officers
completed their enquiries.
"I was not fed nor
given anything to drink
during my five days of custody nor was I
allowed to bathe or com-
municate with anyone
from outside. I was kept
on the floor of a cell filled
with faeces and urine,"
On the fifth day, Reid
said she was approached
by an inspector who told
her she had to be placed
on an identification
parade. Reid refused say-
ing that she will do noth-
ing until her attorney was
"That was when I took
in sick and had to be
hospitalised at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospi-
tal. I was released after a
submission was filed,
without charge," Reid
RADHICA SOOKRAJ-DE SILVA
Tears flowed down the faces of
Point Fortin residents yesterday as
the news spread that popular busi-
nessman Vishnu Singh had died
after being shot by a lone robber.
Singh, 55, of Reid Road Extension
succumbed to his injuries around 5 pm
on Saturday, six hours after he was shot
twice in the lower abdomen while
standing in the yard of his business-
place. The gunman escaped without
Police said Singh, who was fondly
known as Lalee, was conducting busi-
ness at his store named Hardware Sup-
plies when the gunman accosted him.
Singh shouted for help but the gunman
fired two shots in Singh s direction hit-
ting him. The assailant escaped as Singh
fell to the ground bleeding.
He was rushed to the Point Fortin
area hospital where he died. Investi-
gators said Singh supplied residents
with kerosene, gasoline and hardware
He also fixed weed wackers and gave
free training to people in Point Fortin.
Described as a generous man who had
touched the lives of many, residents
said they were broken-hearted to learn
that Singh had passed.
His neighbour, Kennedy Harriman,
said, "He was a man who helped every-
body. He used to fix people wackers
for free if they could not afford it. He
never trouble anybody. He was a quiet
man. He never drink, smoke or lime."
Harriman said Singh was robbed
three times in the past but this never
deterred him from operating business.
"He was not one to fight back but he
was never afraid of anybody. We still
in shock that he died," Harriman said.
Another of his friends who requested
anonymity said he was the only one
who supplied the community with gas
and kerosene. "Where we going to get
pitch oil now? When we have no lights.
He used to give us pitch oil for free,"
the man cried.
Singh s uncle Sookram Ramnarine
said he single-handedly took care of
his two nephew---Ramesh and Suresh
Mahabir---both mentally challenged.
"He was so quiet. He built this busi-
nessplace from scratch. He worked hard
every day and he was an honest man,"
Mahabir said quietly. Singh s nephew
Ricardo Ramsaran said crime was get-
ting out of hand. Saying his uncle did
not own much and was not very
wealthy, Ramsaran said criminals were
becoming more desperate each day.
"Police told us that this weekend
there were many robberies and hold
ups in Point Fortin. It is sad that the
gun man killed him. Such a sad loss of
life," Ramsaran said. He noted that
Singh never advertised his business and
worked hard to help his fellowmen, yet
his life was snuffed out in a horrible
An autopsy will be done on Singh s
body today at the Forensic Science
Centre. Homicide officers are contin-
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