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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The ruling PNM is yet to give a date for the by-elec-
tion in Barataria following the death of PNM coun-
cillor Pernell Bruno in September.
PNMites had expected a by-election date to be
given at last Sunday’s PNM convention but Prime
Minister Keith Rowley didn’t give any.
The Elections and Boundaries Commission yes-
terday confirmed it had not received any informa-
tion concerning a by-election for the seat.
Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein
couldn’t say when a date would be called. He re-
ferred the issue to the party.
PNM Secretariat officials referred the matter to
the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation. The
latter which indicated the seat has been declared
vacant said the leadership would set a date. PNM
deputy leader Rohan Sinanan said he didn’t have
any information on a by-election date yet.
The Opposition UNC has several people inter-
ested in contesting the by-election whenever it’s
held, UNC Suruj Rambachan said yesterday, “But
we haven’t heard any date yet.”
— Gail Alexander
Residents of Diamond Vale, in
Diego Martin, complained of slow
police response and an increase
in the number of robberies in
their district during a town meet-
ing on Monday.
Several residents complained
about the rise in criminal activity
in a community and called for fre-
quent police patrols and quicker
response from police.
“Diamond Vale is under attack,”
said one female resident, who
asked not to be identified.
The town meeting, hosted by
the Police Service, got off to a late
start at the Diego Martin Central
Community Centre but residents
made sure to stay on to voice their
Residents said crime was af-
fecting the young, old and the
physically challenged in their
ACP Radcliffe Boxhill, Snr
Supt Vernon Roberts, Supt Peter
Dominique, Supt Ramnarine Sa-
maroo and Assistant Supt Ulric
Prescott who were
on the head table
attempted to as-
sist the residents
and give answers
the residents that
would “not be
swept under the
carpet and taken
care of effectively
in a timely man-
Councillor for Diamond Vale
Keron Seebaran, who spoke dur-
ing the open forum, said resi-
dents were targeted because the
community was made up of many
Seebaran, an electrical engi-
neer at T&T Electricity Commis-
sion, also said Coral Gardens Park
was being used for illegal recrea-
A homeowner said bandits had
robbed residents in their area six
times. She said her cellphone was
stolen in the robbery and when
she got information to assist the
police to track the thieves the tip
was not pursued.
“I was held up at gunpoint and
a report was made almost imme-
diately. When the officers came,
they asked me my age, height,
job, irrelevant information and I
thought it was unprofessional,”
The resident claimed she re-
ceived information to assist police
on who the bandits called on her
cell phone but the information
was not used.
“What really is the priority? I
would like to think the priority is
given to those in distress. I think
Diamond Vale is under attack for
quite awhile,” she said.
She said there were four attacks
and two cars had been stolen at
Opal Gardens. On every street,
she said, a resident claimed to
have been robbed.
Resident Franklin Joseph com-
plained that he had made a report
about a stolen vehicle and the po-
lice took one day to respond.
He said there was a vehicle
stealing ring operating in Blue
Basin but it seemed that the po-
lice were not concerned.
Joseph said he witnessed police
officers going to the house of a
known “drug dealer and bringing
“What you expect me to do?
Clear lines need to be drawn so
confidence can be restored,” he
Marian Carmona, another resi-
dent, said there was an armed in-
truder with a knife at one primary
school recently. She said reports
were made to the police but they
responded two hours late.
Carmona said she believed the
school was open to attacks and
seeking more police patrols in the
In response, Boxhill said more
attention would be paid to such
reports and action would be taken
“I am concerned about any re-
port of kidnapping...and one at-
tempt is too much. Adults armed
with weapons is a concern and I
expect a prompt response to a sit-
uation if a report is made,” he said.
Prescott also addressed the
concern of a resident who said he
heard obscene language coming
from the police station.
“I’ve been there many times
and the obscene language is from
the prisoners,” he said.
He said the problems at Opal
Gardens would be also given im-
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EBC: No date set for
Diamond Vale crime surge worry residents
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