Friday 9th June, 2006


Chutney queen’s home demolished

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Crew moves in to tear down structure as land row with relatives comes to a head

Chutney queen Ramrajee Prabhoo salvages one of her trophies which was tossed out into the yard when her home was demolished yesterday. Photo: Adrian Boodan

By Adrian Boodan

A demolition crew moved in on the home of chutney queen Ramrajee Prabhoo yesterday, demolishing the structure.

Prabhoo, who shot to fame in the 1980s, said a gang of 20 men, accompanied by a single police officer, stormed her home early yesterday and started tearing down the building, located at Thompson Road in Palmiste, Central Trinidad.

Prabhoo, who is the mother of Nishan “The Hitman” Prabhoo, said the gang showed her a document which claimed she was occupying the property illegally and ordered her to get out of the house.

The distraught woman said the roof was pulled off from over her head, the walls were then broken apart, and all of her belongings, including her prized trophies, were tossed in the yard.

Prabhoo said she had purchased the house 18 years ago from a relative for $65,000, but did not buy the land. However, she said she had since spent $100,000 on renovations.

She said the original owner of the property had since died and his relatives had been ordering her to get out of the house and off the property.

Prabhoo said she had contacted her lawyers and the National Land Tenants and Ratepayers Association on the matter, and was informed that she was well within her rights to stay on the property.

Prabhoo claimed she had also been threatened and told to get out the house by a relative.

She also claimed she was missing several items, including a cellphone, which prevented her from calling 555 for help, after the demolition team moved in.





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