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Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal says the
Duncan Street joint police/army post should be
fully functional by the second week in Septem-
Moonilal made the comment yesterday while
speaking with reporters at the Housing Development
Corporation s headquarters in Port-of-Spain, after
he met with seismic experts and structural engineers
about their concerns over the location of the Couva
children s hospital.
"We expect by the second week in September to
have it functional," he said.
The minister said when he visited Duncan Street
with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on
Thursday, he was confronted by residents pleading
to be relocated from the area. (See Page 10)
However, he said, he was confident that the res-
idents would feel more safe with the police post.
"A lot of the tenants want to leave, that is the
main issue," he said.
"When I went there they confronted me and they
want to be relocated. That may change if they know
that a police post or an army post will be located
there or is present on the estate itself.
"People may not be as scared. But certainly those
who have applied for relocation we are looking at
it on a case by case basis."
He was referring to the visit by the PM and a
high-powered delegation of government and national
security officials to Duncan Street on Wednesday.
The moved was prompted by a spate of murders in
the community which saw six people, including
two teenagers, killed in under 24 hours.
During her visit, the PM told residents of plans
to increase police presence in the area, noting a
joint police/army base would be set up in one of
the apartments in Building 64.
Yesterday, Moonilal said the Government, after
consultation with the national security forces, had
decided that intensive army/police patrols, aerial
surveillance, as well as intensified stop and search
would be conducted in the area in an attempt to
curb the spate of murders recently experienced.
"They have a schedule for random stop and search
and random aerial surveillance, so these are matters
the police would want to respond to," he said.
Moonilal also said Parliament would resume by
early September and the Government intended to
meet with the Opposition to discuss several legislative
He said the Government s crime agenda included
legislation and policy that would be discussed as
soon as Parliament was reconvened.
"There will be ongoing discussion with the oppo-
sition," Moonilal said.
Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal says
despite Highway Re-
route Movement leader
Dr Wayne Kublalsingh s
continued protest out-
side the Office of the
Prime Minister, the
construction of the
Debe to Mon Desir leg
of the San Fernando to
Point Fortin highway
will not be stopped.
Moonilal made the
even as Kublalsingh
ended his seventh day
of protest outside the
OPM s office in St Clair.
(See Page A7).
He said even though
Kublalsingh is meeting
with various parties to
advocate his cause, there
would be no change to
the Government s stance
on the $7.2 billion high-
"Dr Kublalsingh and
any other citizen has the
right to meet with any-
one," he said.
"Dr Kublalsingh can
meet with any one in his
endeavour to advocate
but the programme con-
tinues and the highway
He added that yester-
day he met with the
and he was assured that
"in a few days they are
going to open the Gol-
conda to Debe leg of the
highway and then con-
tinue from Debe to
"The work continued,
but also Dr Kublalsingh s
work continues," Mooni-
Asked about Kublals-
ingh s intention to meet
with Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley, Mooni-
lal said: "That is the
nature of democracy and
Kublalsingh and his
group have been protest-
ing outside the OPM
since Nidco recently
indicated its intention to
order the contractors to
resume work on the dis-
puted leg of the high-
An anti-crime exercise in Port-of-Spain, con-
ducted in response to a spate of gang violence this
week, has resulted in the arrest of 53 people, includ-
ing 12 suspected gang members and leaders.
The dozen men, who were arrested at their homes
at St Barb s and John John in Laventille; Sea Lots;
Beetham Gardens and Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain,
remained detained at a police station in the Port-
of-Spain Division up to yesterday.
The suspects were being interrogated by detectives
of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit, who were
said to be considering charging the men under the
controversial Anti Gang Act.
Police sources described the dozen as "major play-
ers" in gang and criminal activity in east Port-of-
The exercise, which began around 6 am on Thurs-
day and ended 24 hours after, was led by Senior Supt
Wayne Boyd and ASP Ajith Persad.
Police said some of the dozen had been arrested
during the limited state of emergency in 2011 and
were charged under the same legislation. However,
after spending weeks in remand, they were eventually
freed when Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Roger Gaspard stated that there was insufficient evi-
dence to prosecute them.
On Thursday, while speaking to reporters after a
tour of east Port-of-Spain, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar announced that her government s
intention to reimplement the anti-gang legislation.
The tour was held in response to six murders on
Wednesday, including those of three teenagers.
Persad-Bissessar said: "As we speak, I am being
advised by the commissioner and the DCP that they
are in discussions with the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) concerning the implementation of
the anti-gang law."
She said if someone was held under the law they
would be kept out of the public domain for four
months, within which time a case could be built.
During the exercise, officers of the Stolen Vehicles
Squad also recovered five stolen vehicles and arrested
five suspected car thieves. The lawmen also issued
more than 90 fixed penalty tickets for various traffic
The other people arrested were detained for a range
of offences, including drug possession and larceny
offences. Similar exercises are planned for this week-
end and the next couple of weeks, police said.
post by September
12 suspected gang members arrested in PoS exercise
Moonilal on security operation at Duncan Street:
Members of the
British band Blake
(from left) Oliver
greet children living
with cancer yesterday,
during their visit to
the office of the T&T
Cancer Society in
Spain. The children
from left are Journee
Cunningham, 12, Afridi
Rahaman, seven, Lana
Saroop, ten, and Stacy
PHOTO : SHIRLEY
FOR THE KIDS
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