Dr Kenneth Percell, left, and PC Kenwyn
Percell help to support PC Janelle Gomez during the funeral
of PC Casrajh Mansingh at Balmain Presbyterian Church yesterday.
Photo: Sookdeo Baney
BY RADHICA SOOKRAJ
A final gun salute in honour of slain constable Casrajh
Mansingh sounded off at the Waterloo cremation site yesterday,
as tears flowed down the faces of uniformed police officers.
The salute was the culmination of a military funeral held
in honour of Mansingh, four days after he was gunned down
by robbers during a robbery at Swambers Inn, Chaguanas.
The funeral was attended by Minister of National Security
Martin Joseph, Police Commissioner Trevor Paul and Snr Supt
of Central Division Barnette Mayers.
As the salute sounded off, several relatives broke down
Mayers described Mansingh as an honest, hardworking and
He said a void had been created in the Chaguanas chargeroom
after Mansinghs death.
Rev Daniel Teelucksingh, who delivered the sermon at the
Balmain Presbyterian Church, made a stirring appeal for an
end to the gun trade.
Teelucksingh said those who smuggle illegal firearms must
stop their trade for the sake of T&T.
For those who have illegal weapons, Teelucksingh urged them
to surrender it to the police.
You must surrender all unlicensed firearms or we will
never find peace in this country, he said.
If you feel you will be persecuted for surrendering
the firearms, you can still give it up.
We have plenty oceans and stream and good soil to
bury those firearms and so get rid of them.
Regarding the recent crime talks between the Government
and Opposition, Teelucksingh said parliamentary debates and
changes in legislation would never stop the flow of blood
if people did not change their ways.
Changes in the laws will not help if we dont
transform the hearts of people, he said.
We live like beasts in a jungle of roaring lions who
prey on the defenceless, Teelucksingh said.
I hope that the discussions between the Government
and Opposition is not another political grand charge and mamaguy.
Teelucksingh said the Government and Opposition were bent
on a power struggle and did not care about the people.
We spend a lot of money on trivia and our own police
officers are forced to work without bulletproof vests,
Some of them dont even have writing paper or
other things to make them comfortable.
Scores of uniformed officers cried when they saw Mansinghs
corpse. The national flag was draped across the coffin as
it was led out of the church.
Mansinghs colleague WPC Pearl Gomez, who was wounded
during the robbery, began screaming as the casket was wheeled
Cremation took place at around midday.