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An informal meeting between Min-
ister of the Environment and Water
Resources Ganga Singh and residents
of Boundary Street, Felicity, to assuage
water shortage issues became con-
frontational yesterday as members of
the Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
and the United National Congress
(UNC) clashed over the suspicious tim-
ing of pipeline construction in the area.
A shouting match unfolded on the
edge of Green Park between ILP exec-
utive member Amarnath Jaggasar and
UNC supporters, as Singh denied that
the Government had attempted to block
Thursday night s final ILP meeting with
the infrastructure upgrade.
"That is a baseless allegation, there
is no merit in that whatsoever, and that
sit-in protest yesterday was really a
stage-managed political opportunity."
Singh was referring to an accusation
made by leader of the ILP Jack Warner
on Thursday night that the Government
was deliberately attempting to obstruct
his party s political meeting by having
water pipeline construction take place on
access roads to the venue. Warner staged
a spur-of-the-moment protest and invited
residents to come out in support.
"It was an act that was done for pol-
itics, and it has no merit with respect
to any allegation that we are seeking
to stop people from coming in...The
three-hour sit-in was totally unnec-
essary," Singh said.
However, Jaggasar, who was at the
park yesterday making preparations for
last night s meeting, said if the ILP had
not raised the issue on Thursday night,
work would not have been completed
on time for yesterday s meeting, and
it was the Government s intention to
delay completion of the pipeline as an
act of "political vindictiveness."
As he said this, UNC supporters
shouted "Lies, lies, you lie," over his
Singh interjected and said Jaggasar
was a "stranger to the truth," while
Jaggasar vehemently denied this at the
same time. Singh walked away as voices
rose and a back-and-forth row ensued.
Jaggasar asked why the work could not
be done after the election on July 29.
Communication eventually broke
down, as neither party s arguments
could be heard above the other s.
Chaguanas mayor Orlando Nagessar
attempted to temper the stand-off, say-
ing residents came to him simply
because they wanted water. He said the
request for water came from the bor-
ough corporation and he went to the
Water and Sewage Authority (WASA)
about "a month or two months ago."
Earlier in the morning, Singh walked
around Boundary Street meeting res-
idents and listening to their complaints
of lack of water. He said the residents
concerns were legitimate, and not a
gimmick during a heated campaign for
the Chaguanas West seat.
He added the Government did not
act on the basis of general elections or
by-elections, and the project had begun
weeks before the Green Park grounds
were booked by the ILP for Thursday
"When we started this project it was
long before any kind of indication that
the Green Park was going to be utilised."
Singh said workers on site told the
ILP on Thursday night that work would
be completed by midnight, and there
would be no obstacle to last night s
meeting. Singh added there was more
than one access road to Green Park
which could be used.
But Jaggasar said it didn t matter as
Boundary Street was the main entrance
to the park. UNC supporters in the area
who approved of the ongoing upgrade
said the ILP protest was distasteful.
"We didn t see a problem with the
work being completed," one resident
Ellen Lewis, head of corporate com-
munications at WASA, told the T&T
Guardian the authority was not a polit-
ical agency, and was not attempting to
hinder the ILP s meeting.
"It s an unfortunate misunderstand-
ing," she said.
Crystal Beharry risked her own
safety so her son could be with
his father, but on Thursday that
choice proved fatal as her muti-
lated body was found in a balisier
Relatives said Beharry, 27, defied
their calls to return to her parents
Colenso Trace, Navet home, after
threats to her life, even stealing
hundreds of dollars worth of jew-
elry in an attempt to scare her off.
Distraught sister Julie Beharry
said Beharry already had two chil-
dren from a failed relationship and
wanted her eight-year-old son
Antonio Contrero to have a com-
"We told her many times to
leave, but she has a son with her
husband so apparently she was
trying to make a living for them,"
Julie said she spoke to her sister
an hour before she went into her
garden and both of them had made
plans to visit a spiritual healer in
Point Fortin later.
However, police said around 3 pm,
Beharry, a gardener and a mason with
URP, went into the garden obliquely
opposite her Naparima/Mayaro Road,
Agostini Village home to tend to her
chadon beni field.
When Antonio returned home
from classes and could not find
his mother, it was only then his
father Ronald Contrero and other
relatives became worried.
Numerous calls to her phone
went unanswered and a thorough
check of the garden failed to locate
Beharry. Police believe her killer
knocked her unconscious, took her
into the forest where he removed
her pants and chopped her about
the neck and head.
It was not until a search party
including family members, hunters
and police combed the area, that
they found her bloodied corpse
dumped some 300 feet into the
forest, her hands stuck over her
face as if she was still parraying
Since then, the man suspected
of commiting the crime has gone
missing and despite his relatives
claim that he suffered a mental
condition, Beharry s brother Devin
Sookhoo said the murder was
Sookhoo, one of the men who
found the body, said, "They made
it look like a rape scene, but I know
it is not a rape scene. That man
took off this girl s pants, folded it,
doubled it real neat and nice. That
is a perverted mind."
"If she had come back home,
she would not be in this position
Julie said although her attacker
was not able to physically assault
her in the past, there were heated
arguments involving her stay at
Julie said her sister was always
fearful for her life because she
received threats regularly.
"It was not the first time some-
body tried to kill her. One time
she and her son were home and
they tried to chop down the door
to go and chop up her and her son
in the room.
"A few weeks ago they took all
her jewelry from the house. I don t
know why, but that is just the
environment they live in. She
reported it and apparently the case
is going on," Julie said.
dumped in forest
After several death threats...
Crystal Beharry in an undated
Water works lead
to ILP, UNC clash
Govt accused of blocking Felicity meeting venue...
Amarnath Jaggasar, right, a member of the Independent Liberal Party's interim
executive, chats with Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Ganga
Singh who visited the site of a controversial WASA pipe-laying project at Green
Park, Boundary Street, Felicity, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Slinger Francisco, better known as the Mighty Sparrow, second from left, joins with patrons to blow
out the candles on a birthday cake for those celebrating their birthdays in July. From left are an
unidentified patron, Mac Ward, Seema Ali and Desmond "Baby" Headley. The event was held at the Nu
Pub in Woodbrook on Thursday night. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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