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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 2, 2016
JENSEN LA VENDE
and CAMILLE CLARKE
Police officers and Coast Guard
divers are expected to return to the
Mitan River, Manzanilla, today, to
resume their search for the body of
missing prison officer Rishi Sankar.
The search for the missing officer
ended around 4.30 pm yesterday
because of the increase in tide.
Sankar, 34, of Perseverance Village
and Stone Road, Piparo, was reported
missing after he failed to report to
duty following his last tour of duty
on June 17. A missing person s report
indicated he was last seen on June
22. Sankar was assigned to the Golden
Grove Prison, Arouca.
The search for the body of Sankar
began on Thursday evening when
police stopped two men in his car.
Police said the men claimed they
found the car with the keys in the
ignition, but the license plate was
altered. Further questioning led police
to suspect that Sankar was murdered
and his body dumped in the river.
Police said they received credible
information that Sankar was robbed,
beaten and killed before the thieves
made off with his vehicle.
ASP Kandhai, Insp Jankie and
Homicide officers, led by Supt
Grahindo, boarded two fishing boats
around 10 am yesterday, and with the
aid of two fishermen searched the
river banks and the riverbed but were
unsuccessful. Police said the search
had to be called off as high tide made
it difficult and dangerous to continue.
The encroaching darkness also made
searching the murky waters difficult.
The Mitan River has been high-
lighted in recent media reports as a
dumping site for murderers who, in
March and April, disposed of the bod-
ies of two women in the river. On
March 15, the decapitated and dis-
membered body of Eden Teesdale
was found in a blue barrel floating
on the river. To this day, Teesdale s
head has not been recovered. One
month later, Felicia Persad, 29, who
was last seen alive on April 2, was
found wrapped in plastic floating in
Persad, of Oropouche Road, Sangre
Grande, was supposed to appear
before a Sangre Grande Magistrate
two days before her body was found,
in a bid to obtain a restraining order
against a man with whom she shared
a two-year relationship. Due to non-
appearance in court the matter was
adjourned to a later date. About mid-
day, on April 15, forestry workers
cleaning the river bank near the sea
found her body.
This would one of several attacks
on prison officers so far this year.
On February 29, Fitzalbert Victor,
32, was killed while washing his SUV
at his Prizgar Lands, Laventille, home.
Police said a gunman jumped the
fence and shot Victor seven times
before fleeing. Victor worked at the
Port-of-Spain Remand Yard.
Yesterday, fellow prison officers
said they never heard anything bad
about Sankar and were surprised he
had not shown up for duty. The offi-
cers maintained that Sankar was a
decent man who "had no problem
with anyone in the prison, so it could
not have been a prison thing."
"He was a small kind of fellow who
used to lift a lot of weights and we
were just wondering what happened
to him. He used to stay to himself.
He would just go downstairs and lift
weights," one officer, who did not
want to be identified, said.
President of the Prison Officers
Association, Ceron Richards, told the
T&T Guardian in a telephone inter-
view that they were looking at the
situation very closely and were leaving
the police to their jobs.
Richards added that they still had
no confirmation that Sankar was dead
and will respond in due time. He
added that as the search continues,
he hoped that the police "can provide
some information to the family so
that they can get a sense of what
happened to their loved one." (With
reporting by Ralph Banwarie)
Weeks after former chairman of
the Tourism Development Compa-
ny (TDC) Denise Demming was
fired, CEO Keith Chin has resigned.
In August 2014, Chin was
appointed CEO. However, his last
day was on Thursday, the T&T
Guardian was told.
Industry officials yesterday said
they were unsure whether Chin was
fired or voluntarily tendered his res-
A three-line TDC statement
late in the evening said Chin ten-
dered his resignation effective
Thursday and that general man-
ager Warren Solomon will act as
CEO in the interim.
Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe
did not respond to a text message
yesterday seeking confirmation and
calls to Chin s mobile went to voice-
Attorney Richard Duncan, who
was a board member, replaced Dem-
ming in May as chairman. She served
for six months after being appointed
Demming told the T&T Guardian
that she was not prepared to not
divulge the details surrounding her
termination, burt noted that if people
did not understand their roles and
responsibilities they would "trip over
Former candidate for the post of
political leader in the People s
National Movement s Tobago arm
election, Rennie Dumas, is calling
for tomorrow s run-off between
Kelvin Charles and Tracy David-
son-Celestine to be stopped due to
various inconsistencies and dis-
crepancies experienced by members
in the first round of the elections.
In a letter addressed to outgoing
chairman of the Tobago Council Neil
Wilson, he outlined 14 infractions
that would have disenfranchised vot-
ers at the polls last Sunday, and
called for an immediate meeting of
the Tobago Council to address the
In an interview yesterday, Dumas
he said six out of seven candidates
who vied for the position last week-
end shared the same view.
Dumas, who garnered 603 votes,
the fourth highest in the seven-can-
didate race, said he would be sup-
porting Davidson-Celestine in the
run-off, but said an examination
into the process is needed and the
party should not rush into the run-
"We should not just proceed to
go through to the election on Sunday
without an examination of what has
happened, and whether these things
can be corrected in time for Sunday.
And it is in that context that I
brought the things that I noted to
the attention to the council and its
leadership, in particular Mr. Wilson,
who is still the chairman of the
Tobago Council, who has the author-
ity to call the officers of the council
together to discuss this, and to call
the council together if necessary to
have a decision made as to whether
we proceed and how. And I would
really hope that we don t ignore these
issues and try to have that run-off
election on Sunday without attend-
ing to these issues," Dumas said
Up to news time yesterday, how-
ever, Wilson said he was yet to
receive any correspondence from
Meanwhile, defeated candidate for
the political leader post, Dr Denise
Tsoi-a-fatt-Angus, held a similar
view about last Sunday s election
process. She said the irregularities
that occurred needed to be addressed
forthwith by the independent elec-
"It is evident that somehow the
IT that they have had has not worked
properly and I hope that they will
find some way to address those
issues, so that this Sunday can be
a smoother experience for everyone.
I have all confidence that they are
able to do it...," she said.
Tsoi-a-fatt-Angus received 679
votes, the third highest of the seven
candidates. She said she was
approached by both sides seeking
her support for tomorrow, but said
she will not be publicly endorse any
of the run-off candidates.
Search for missing prison
officer continues today
Tourism Development Company CEO resigns
The boats which were used to assist police in their search for missing prison officer Rishi Sankar (inset) along the
Mitan River, yesterday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
A 32-year-old Matura man was shot dead yesterday.
Police said Brenton Ruiz succumbed to gunshot wounds while being
treated at Sangre Grande Hospital.
Ruiz, an unemployed man of Church Street, Matura, was shot about
the body by a lone gunman while walking along Church Street, Matura,
around 7.30 am.
Villagers reportedly heard the gunshots and when they investigated
found Ruiz in the road begging for help.
Residents placed him in a vehicle and rushed him to the Sangre
Grande District Hospital, where he died while receiving medical
Ruiz is well known by Eastern Division police but they are yet to
determine a motive for his killing.
Homicide officer ASP Dillon of Region II Arouca is continuing with
MATURA MAN GUNNED DOWN
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