Mayor Surujrattan Rambachan at his office at Cumberbatch Street
yesterday. Photo: Adrian Boodan
Chaguanas Mayor Surujrattan Rambachan is telling the public to stay
out of his borough during this, the busiest shopping season of the
year, because of the heightened incidence of criminal activity.
In an interview yesterday, Rambachan said he was constantly being
bombarded by burgesses who complain of being victims of crimes while
shopping along the busy main road.
Rambachan accused street vendors of working in collusion with criminal
gangs and music pirates to commit robberies in broad daylight.
He said he recently discovered a music pirates operation being
run by a suspended policeman.
The mayor said a 60-year-old woman came to his office shortly before
noon yesterday to complain she was robbed at knife-point by a gang
of men as she was leaving a supermarket.
He said a music pirate was observed turning up the volume of his
music to cover the womans screams for help and added that
last Saturday several women were jostled and robbed while shopping.
He said women seemed to be the easiest targets. I am very
disturbed and I continue to be very disturbed about the policing
on the main road during this Christmas season.
Saturday there was a chaotic situation, where I understand that
four women were robbed, people were jostled, people were injured
and we had a situation where guards (of a bank) were threatened,
Rambachan added, Whether they choose to say so publicly or
not, I am saying so. He said they were threatened when the
vendors were removed from the streets and moved into the banks
compound from where they were also removed at which time they threatened
the security guards.
have been trying to talk to the Chaguanas police about this situation,
but it seems to me that this thing is not been treated with the
urgency or the aggression that it needs to be treated with,
said the mayor.
He said six businessmen on the main road have also told him they
have been threatened by vendors.
Rambachan said, As mayor of this town I really cannot subscribe
to what is happening on the streets and I am asking the acting Police
Commissioner to intervene in this matter.
Rambachan said he also wanted the police to look into some untoward
activity taking place at an NP Quick Shoppe in Chaguanas.
He said a gang of motorists park their vehicles on the compound
of the gas station and play extremely loud music and create
a nuisance for residents on weekends.
Rambachan claimed that the gang consumed alcohol, harass residents
and rob people who visit a nearby ATM. The police go there
and they talk to the guys and then the police disappear, the