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Midnight protest follows murder of Chaguanas businessman

Res­i­dents told Guardian Me­dia that the lev­el of crime in Mon­trose was es­ca­lat­ing quick­ly with a num­ber of small busi­ness­es in­clud­ing par­lours, drug stores, and au­to parts busi­ness­es be­ing robbed.

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Af­ter the mur­der, some res­i­dents threw tyres on the road­way just out­side Din­di­al’s parts store and lit the tires on fire

Shas­tri Boodan

An­gry res­i­dents of Mon­trose, Ch­agua­nas, demon­strat­ed against crime by burn­ing tyres along the Main Road around mid­night on Thurs­day.

Their ac­tion fol­lows the killing of busi­ness­man Dar­ryl Din­di­al, 52, who was gunned down at his au­to parts deal­er­ship around 6.30 pm that evening.

A re­port said ban­dits at­tempt­ed to rob Din­di­al who suc­cumbed to gun­shot wounds at the Ch­agua­nas Health Cen­tre.

Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tors from Homi­cide Di­vi­sion Three were on the scene un­til just af­ter 10 pm search­ing for clues in near­by bush­es.

Res­i­dents told Guardian Me­dia that the lev­el of crime in Mon­trose was es­ca­lat­ing quick­ly with a num­ber of small busi­ness­es in­clud­ing par­lours, drug stores, and au­to parts busi­ness­es be­ing robbed.

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Af­ter the mur­der, some res­i­dents threw tyres on the road­way just out­side Din­di­al’s parts store and lit the tires on fire.

A spokesper­son for the group, who wished to re­main uniden­ti­fied, said “We fed up, this is the last straw, every night tires will burn un­til the po­lice do some­thing about the high lev­el of crime in Mon­trose and in Cen­tral. Where all these ban­dits come from, they just move in here, Is crime af­ter crime af­ter crime.”

Some of the res­i­dents re­called the fa­tal shoot­ing of Ram­narace Nan­doo when ban­dits robbed his busi­ness place on Sep­tem­ber 4, 2021 at C’s Cui­sine Cor­ner and BBQ lo­cat­ed at the cor­ner of the Ch­agua­nas Main Road and Claire Street.

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Ca­roni Cen­tral MP Arnold Ram was at the home of a friend at Mon­trose Street when the demon­stra­tion start­ed.

Ram said he went over to see what was hap­pen­ing.

He said, “Crime is re­al­ly get­ting out of con­trol in many parts of this coun­try. We no longer feel a sense of re­morse when we hear peo­ple get­ting mur­dered. Just last week we heard in the space of 20 hours sev­en per­sons were mur­dered. In the past that was some rea­son for con­cern, but it seems as if the Gov­ern­ment is sleep­ing on the job.”

Ram said Mon­trose is no dif­fer­ent from what is tak­ing place across T&T

He said, “Busi­ness per­sons are the one feel­ing the pinch.”

Cham­ber calls for FUL’s

The pres­i­dent of the Ch­agua­nas Cham­ber of In­dus­try and Com­merce Richie Sookhai wants Gov­ern­ment to start re-is­su­ing firearms user li­cens­es (FUL).

Sookhai said, “We are deeply dis­turbed and sad­dened at the sense­less mur­der of such a renowned busi­ness­man in our com­mu­ni­ty

Our com­mu­ni­ty and our coun­try must not be al­lowed to fall in­to the hands of crim­i­nals, nor must we be crip­pled by fear and ten­sion.

Re­cent­ly we have seen an up­surge in theft and rob­bery with­in cen­tral com­mu­ni­ties es­pe­cial­ly in ar­eas like Mon­trose, En­ter­prise, Long­denville, and En­deav­our, to name a few

We are call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to pro­tect the lives and liveli­hood of the peo­ple of Ch­agua­nas and Cen­tral Trinidad

We al­so ask the Gov­ern­ment to restart the is­su­ing process of FULs so busi­ness own­ers can be equipped to pro­tect them­selves.This would cer­tain­ly con­tribute to­wards al­lay­ing some of the fears of the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty, who not on­ly put them­selves at risk dai­ly to pro­vide for their staff and fam­i­ly but al­so con­tribute to the com­mu­ni­ty and coun­try as a whole.”

Sookhai said the spike in crime would im­pact fu­ture in­vest­ment in the Cen­tral area.

He said glob­al in­fla­tion­ary pres­sure which has in­creased the cost of liv­ing and do­ing busi­ness will cer­tain­ly lead to an up­swing in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ty.

May­or: Sad day in Ch­aguans

Ch­agua­nas May­or Faaiq Mo­hammed said: “It is a sad day in Ch­agua­nas where the sense­less killing of a hard work­ing busi­ness own­er whose life was strip away by crim­i­nal el­e­ments, which are run­ning ram­pant through­out our coun­try. This leaves two chil­dren fa­ther­less and a wife now a wid­ow. Liv­ing and grow­ing up in Ch­agua­nas, I feel a sense of deep and heart­break­ing loss to­wards our com­mu­ni­ty and hu­man­i­ty

I un­der­stand the plight and cries of res­i­dents as I too al­so wor­ry for my fam­i­ly and loved ones

Res­i­dents as well as the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty are an­gry and frus­trat­ed as they are not see­ing enough be­ing done by the au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble

Res­i­dents in the Long­denville area feels a sense of hope­less­ness as reach­ing out to the po­lice seems im­pos­si­ble as their lines are usu­al­ly out of or­der, cou­pled with the gener­ic” there are no ve­hi­cles right now”

I cast no blame on the cen­tral di­vi­sion TTPS. The of­fi­cers there are hard work­ing and will­ing to go the ex­tra mile. How­ev­er, due to the lack of re­sources, this makes their job ex­treme­ly dif­fi­cult

Crime has been spi­ralling out of con­trol and I sin­cere­ly sym­pa­thise with those who have had to face these trau­mat­ic cir­cum­stances.