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Dr Wayne Kublalsingh has relocated the
Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM)
camp from Gopie Trace, Debe to state-
owned land, saying the Government would
not dare pick a fight over it.
"The State doesn t want to go to war
with us over this piece of land," he said yes-
On August 18, Kublalsingh set up a camp
on a privately-owned lot of land to monitor
and prevent any construction activities on
the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the Point
Fortin Highway, and to inform residents
about their rights in terms of land acqui-
Since then, the land owners had asked
the group to vacate the plot and on Sunday
they moved onto a lot of land further down
the street, which is owned by the state but
has been used for decades by the community
When the T&T Guardian visited the new
camp site yesterday, three men from the
community were continuing construction
of the wood and galvanised structure.
Ballyram Siew, 72, who lives next door,
said he had been planting bodi, peas and
tomatoes there since 1972, uninterrupted
by the government.
When asked if anyone had raised an issue
about the (HRM) using the state land as a
camp that was meant to protest the Gov-
ernment s plans to build the Debe to Mon
Desir leg of the highway, Siew said no one
had asked them to move.
Kublalsingh said by phone yesterday that
the HRM s lawyers advised that the gov-
ernment would have to show proof it was
state land and present a court order showing
the title to the land.
He said if the government did that, then
the group would "freely move" out of the
"We have a right to be on that land, since
Mr Siew and others have been farming on
it for years," Kublalsingh said.
"They (government) don t have the guts
to go to war with the Highway Re-Route
Movement on this piece of land, because
they will lose." (See Page A7)
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Cops mull charges
against dog owner
for 26th AUGUST, 2013
From Page A1
Resident George Hogan, who said he survived
an attack by the dogs, called for them to be put
A senior police source said investigators planned
to consult lawyers from the Police Service s Legal
Department later this week to determine whether
criminal charges could be laid.
The source said the charges may be laid under
the Dangerous Dogs Act of 2000. That act was
replaced by the Dog Control Act, which was passed
in Parliament last month but which is still awaiting
proclamation by the President.
After the mauling, the dog owner left seven of
his nine remaining dogs in the care of Dr Azizul
Rahaman, of the Jones Animal Clinic, which is
about 200 metres away from where the incident
Contacted yesterday evening, Rahaman said the
owner decided to remove the dogs in preparation
for relatives visiting the family s home for Bunsee s
wake and funeral and also because he had received
complaints from some of his neighbours after the
Rahaman said the owner had not decided whether
he would be taking the dogs back or if he would
Insp Powder, Sgt Charles and PC Aberdeen are
assisting in the investigation.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, SC, said
yesterday amendments to the Dog Control Act will be a
"priority item" during the new session of Parliament.
His comment come in the wake of the mauling to
death of Maraval pensioner Lillan Bunsee yesterday.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday evening,
Ramlogan said several issues were raised by the
Opposition and Independent bench during the debate in
the Senate on the new legislation.
He said although the issues were raised, the
legislation was nevertheless passed by both Houses of
Parliament to prevent the act from lapsing at the end of
the last parliamentary session.
"I have received the suggestions from the
Independent bench but I am still waiting on the
Opposition's responses," Ramlogan said.
The legislation, which Ramlogan piloted, is aimed at
replacing the Dangerous Dog Act of 2000. The new
legislation seeks to classify certain breeds of dangerous
dogs and regulate the manner in which they are kept by
The legislation also requires owners to have insurance
for the certain dogs classified under the act and, like the
older legislation, states penalties for owners whose
dogs attack or kill people.
new camp in Penal
Farmer Ballyram Siew, 72, stands in front of the Highway Re-route Movement's new camp
at Gopie Trace, Penal, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
A squad of
march off after
at the Queen's
for members of
will be taking
PHOTO: BRIAN NG
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