Thursday 9th October, 2008


Protesters arrested, roughed up in Chase Village

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Demonstrators wave placards at Lime Head road yesterday. PHOTO: ADRIAN BOODAN


Two men were arrested yesterday morning by police when a group of angry villagers protested the worsening state of the roads at Lime Head and Perseverance Roads, Chase Village, Chaguanas.

Ranjit Ramnarine, local government representative for the area, is alleging police brutality.

He said residents started demonstrating at five different locations in the area from around 6 am and continued into the late afternoon. Police said the men were arrested after 7 am for using obscene language.

Ramnarine said villagers told him that some women were roughed up by the police who also fired two gunshots in the air around midday.

He called on the police commissioner to launch a full investigation into this matter.

Ramnarine said villagers travelling five kilometre stretch along the Perseverance Road from Orange Field to Chaguanas were fed up with the potholes.

He said taxi drivers had also threatened an increase fares if nothing was done.

Ramnarine, who is also chairman of the Couva Talparo/Tabaquite Regional Corporation, said the road was maintained by the Ministry of Works.

Roy Saroop, a community activist, said several complaints had been made to the relevant authorities and villagers were

fed up.