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Point Fortin pastor Roodal
Balkaran says violence in T&T has
elevated to a new level where chil-
dren are becoming victims of
abuse with increasing frequency.
He said so during the funeral of
two month-old baby Andre Feroze
Mowlah who died on Sunday at his
Cap-de-Ville home, allegedly at the
hands of a relative.
The relative allegedly threw the
baby to the ground in a fit of rage,
police claimed. A post mortem
report listed the baby s cause of
death as blunt force trauma to the
The suspect, a 34-year-old heavy
equipment operator, was expected
to be charged with murder last
evening. However, up to press time
no charges had been laid.
Yesterday Balkaran, speaking to
mourners at Elite Funeral Home
Chapel, Main Road, New Lands,
Point Fortin, said baby Andre s life
was "snuffed out by the cruel hands
He said when one looked at his-
tory it started with violence against
men, "man was killing man."
However, he said that changed
with time to violence against women
and now there was violence against
"Everyday you pick up the papers
there is violence against some
child... an eight-year-old, a six-
year-old... a 12 year-old. Everyday
you pick up the papers it is murder
and mayhem. Murder and mayhem
is the order of the day," he added.
Balkaran told baby Andre s moth-
er, Diane Ramsaroop, not to worry
about her son.
"He has not gone, as they say to
a better place, he has gone to the
best place," he said.
With tears streaming down her
cheeks the Point Fortin mother,
clenching her daughter Tarra s hand,
walked towards the baby s coffin.
She leaned over the open coffin
and caressed and kissed the tiny
face of baby Andre. She looked at
the wreath with white flowers and
a white teddy bear on top the coffin,
a reminder of the tiny body that
Ramsaroop whispered to her son
as she adjusted his white headdress
in the coffin.
Balkaran said Ramsaroop was
denied the chance to see her child
He said: "Mom will never know
what it is like to take him to his first
day of kindergarten and then take
him to Cap-de-Ville Primary
"She will never see him graduate
from college and maybe see him
become a doctor or a lawyer or
whatever he would have become.
God alone knows. The cruel hands
of death snuffed him out." .
Balkaran told Ramsaroop she did
not have to worry about her son
anymore because he was in a place
where he would feel no pain.
Diana Ramsaroop and her daughter, Tarra, view the body of baby Andre Feroze
Mowlah as he lays in his coffin during the funeral service yesterday at Elite
Funeral Homes' Chapel, New Lands, Point Fortin. PHOTO:TONY HOWELL
Oropune residents continued
to dodge the six lanes of traffic
on the Churchill-Roosevelt High-
way yesterday even as govern-
ment formally opened a multi-
Works and Infrastructure Min-
ister Surujrattan Rambachan crit-
icised the residents for not using
it. The overpass spans the highway
near the Piarco traffic lights.
"Here we are building a bridge
and people still crossing the road,"
Rambachan said, referring to two
women who were crossing the
highway as he spoke.
"They must be saying it s too
high. What price is there on life?
What price is there on limbs?" he
Rambachan said the overpass
was built and designed by PURE
(Programme for Upgrading Roads
Efficiency) and was six metres in
height with 75 metres of footpath.
Rambachan said he asked for
bus sheds, toilet facilities and ele-
vators to be added to assist the
"Our objective is to minimise
delays on the highways as we are
doing to improve the ways people
commute. This was due to the lack
of attention to rural infrastructure
to create security and roadways,"
Prakash Ramadhar, MP for St
Augustine, said he had toured the
area and was surprised at the large
population in Oropune.
"It shocked me to realise how
much elderly and children were
dodging traffic and putting their
lives at risk. It is maddening to
think it took seven years to build,"
Ramadhar said the original esti-
mate for the project was $10 mil-
lion but less than $5 million was
He added: "That is the value,
to cut out fat and wastage. It was
an act of patriotism to give them
what they needed and to learn that
a community has one road in and
"It is a difficult thing. How could
a past regime not look at the secu-
rity of the elderly and children?"
he asked. Rambachan later turned
the sod for the construction of the
Valencia Bypass Road, Valencia.
Oropune walkover opened
...but residents still dodging traffic
No murder charge yet
as baby Andre buried
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