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April 6, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
The Ministry of National Security yesterday
confirmed that pictures of the minister, Gary Grif-
fith, are being placed in police station charge
rooms across the country.
The ministry said this courtesy was extended
to past ministers and it was now not only ensuring
that this was being done in police stations, but
also branches of the Immigration Division and
Fire Service as well.
In a release yesterday in response to a T&T
Guardian report headlined "Griffith s photo goes
up in police stations," the release said Griffith
himself did not enter any station to demand or
question that an image of himself should be put
up, nor did the ministry issue any instruction to
the Police Service to mount photos of him.
According to the Police Service s Standing Order
38, only the photos of the president, prime minister
and commissioner have to be put up in stations.
The release also said yesterday acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams "confirmed
that based on precedence (sic), photos of ministers
are mounted as a sign of respect," while Police
Social and Welfare Association president Anand
Ramesar said his body had no objection to recog-
nising its line minister.
As a result, the ministry said its corporate com-
munications unit had been liaising with the divi-
sions to ensure this precedent was extended to
the sitting minister. (See Page A12)
Griffith photo goes
up in stations
Standing Order 38 states: "It shall be the
responsibility of the officer in charge of the
division, to ensure that there is posted in a
conspicuous place of all police stations the
a) mission statement
b) code of conduct
c) notices (informing prisoners of their
rights), a framed map of the station
district, framed photographs of the
President, the Commissioner and the
Guyanese national Vidya Bachu is
appealing for help to take back the body
of her husband who died after being denied
treatment at the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex (EWMSC), to their
Bachu has to wait until the autopsy is
done on her husband Jeetindra Sookram
tomorrow before she can make the arrange-
The couple, who shared a three-month
common-law relationship, came to Trinidad
on Tuesday for a two-week vacation.
It was the first time Sookram, 35, a farmer,
However, on Thursday Sookram was taken
to the EWMSC after he began experiencing
But he was denied treatment.
Bachu was told she would have to pay
for treatment because Sookram was not a
Because he was not being attended to,
Bachu took him to a private clinic in Char-
lieville, but he died in the back of a Nissan
Navara in the clinic s car park.
It is suspected that he died of a heart
'I might never return to T&T'
With a sombre tone in her voice, Bachu,
in a telephone interview yesterday, said she
might never return to Trinidad or recom-
mend here to anyone as a tourist destina-
"It is very hard. I am trying. I don t know
how I will ever get over this. I don t know
if I will ever come back to Trinidad or rec-
ommended my family and friends to come
here because the treatment we get in the
hospital was not nice."
She said it was her idea to come here for
their vacation because she had a good time
when she came to Trinidad for the first time
last year for her birthday.
"I liked the country, that is why I told
him (Sookram) let us come here."
She said her husband s body has since
been removed from the mortuary at the
San Fernando General Hospital to EWMSC s
mortuary for the autopsy.
However, she said it was costing over
$15,000 to take her husband s body back
to Guyana. "I really need some help. We
are not rich people, we are poor people,"
Bachu said their intention was to start
planning their wedding when they returned
"We were going back to Guyana to start
our lives together. We were going to get
married in December because his family
coming to spend Christmas with him.
"All I want is the autopsy done as soon
as possible to get my husband body to take
back home, that is all I need right now."
"As soon as the woman (at EWMSC) see
his passport when I went to register him
she did not wait for an explanation, she say
we will have to pay. They put him to sit
down and he was in so much pain and they
were seeing about other people.
"I think they should take this as a wake-
up call. When foreigners come in the country
don t treat them like that." Bachu said she
has been bombarded by calls from Sookram s
relatives. "I cannot sleep. I cannot eat. I
cannot think. Right now I don t have the
strength to do nothing at all."
She said no officials from the Government
or medical agencies have contacted her.
Widow of man turned away at EWMSC pleads:
Help take my husband
back to Guyana
MATTER BEING INVESTIGATED
North Central Regional Health
Authority chairman Dr Shehenaz
Mohammed has ordered an
investigation into the incident.
(See Page A14)
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