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Central crime victims to lead public march

Published: 
Friday, June 15, 2018
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Dr Bhoe Tewarie

Insisting that constituents of Caroni Central have become sitting ducks at the hands of criminals, its MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie on Tuesday will lead an anti-crime march accompanied by religious leaders, worshippers and crime victims to send a message to the Government that they have had enough.

Yesterday, Tewarie said the march was organised by several of his constituents whose homes were invaded and robbed in the last few months.

In addition, Tewarie said there was a spate of robberies at places of worship. Among the churches that fell victim three times was the Faith Assembly Church in Arena, Freeport, as well as the Hare Krishna Temple in Longdenville.

On May 19, four masked men broke into the pundit’s residence at Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Freeport and stole $160,000 worth in cash and jewelry.

“I recently went to two homes in Caparo and Chickland in which people were chopped up and ended up in the hospital. We had people who were tied up in their Freeport homes. The home invasion started in a way that people were not expecting in the last four months. So all of this was building up in the community,” Tewarie said.

Tewarie said he had documented above 30 robberies and home invasions in the last few months.

Following a town meeting on June 4, Tewarie said the march, which will begin at Three Roads Junction, Freeport and will end at the Chaguanas Police Station, was conceptualised by his constituents.

He said his constituents had complained about the Police Service’s lack of response, inadequate vehicles and difficulty in reaching officers at police stations.

Following a meeting in Caparo, Tewarie said the police have beefed up patrols, while they had received six additional police vehicles for the central district.

Tewarie could not say if members of the Opposition will join him in the march. “This is not a UNC march. I am responding to my constituents. We have tried not to politicise it in a partisan way although marching against crime is a political act.”

In November 2016, Tewarie’s Cunupia home was robbed by two men. As a victim of crime, Tewarie said five criminals also gained entry into sister’s home six months ago.

Tewarie said he was not prepared as MP to stand up and see crime increase further.

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