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MP tells security minister to stop failing citizens

MP for Cou­va North Ravi Rati­ram is call­ing on Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Fitzger­ald Hinds to stop fail­ing the cit­i­zens when it comes to crime. This comes fol­low­ing the mur­der of Ter­ry Jagdeo in Ko­rea Vil­lage, Cara­pichaima last night.  

In a press re­lease is­sued to­day, MP Rati­ram stat­ed he “is deeply sad­dened by this shock­ing and heinous crime that has left two chil­dren with­out their fa­ther and once again, thrown the en­tire vil­lage and Cara­pichaima com­mu­ni­ty in­to fear.” 

The fol­low­ing is a press re­lease from MP Rati­ram:

Se­ri­ous crime is again on the rise in Cen­tral Trinidad and MP for Cou­va North Ravi Rati­ram is call­ing on Min­is­ter Fitzger­ald Hinds to stop fail­ing the cit­i­zens of T&T who are de­pend­ing on him to pro­vide safe and se­cure com­mu­ni­ties.  

This comes af­ter a brazen mur­der took place last night that has rocked the qui­et com­mu­ni­ty of Ko­rea Vil­lage, Cara­pichaima with­in MP Rati­ram’s con­stituen­cy of Cou­va North. The con­stituen­cy is now mourn­ing the death of Mahin­dra Ter­ry Jagdeo of Frankie Dri­ve, Ko­rea Vil­lage af­ter he was shot mul­ti­ple times in what is be­lieved to be a case of mis­tak­en iden­ti­ty.  

Jad­geo, a fa­ther of two (2) along with a male com­pan­ion were stand­ing on the junc­tion at the Ko­rea Vil­lage Recre­ation Ground when, at around 9:30pm, a lone gun­man ap­proached them on foot and with­out warn­ing, opened fire. Jagdeo, who was hit in the stom­ach at­tempt­ed to wres­tle the firearm from the gun­man and shout­ed to his friend to run. In the strug­gle, Jad­geo was shot mul­ti­ple times about the head and body. He died on the spot.  

His friend who man­aged to es­cape was grazed on the arm by one of the bul­lets fired. Jagdeo would have cel­e­brat­ed his 30th birth­day to­day. Am­a­teur video footage tak­en by res­i­dents of the scene of the mur­der has been cir­cu­lat­ing on So­cial Me­dia.   

MP Rati­ram is deeply sad­dened by this shock­ing and heinous crime that has left two chil­dren with­out their fa­ther and once again, thrown the en­tire vil­lage and Cara­pichaima com­mu­ni­ty in­to fear.  

On­ly a few weeks ago, the fam­i­ly of Cou­va North busi­ness­man R.Maye was ter­ror­ized by six (6) masked as­sailants dis­guised as po­lice of­fi­cers in tac­ti­cal garb, who jumped their fence, broke down their door and gained ac­cess to their Chase Vil­lage home where they were held up and robbed. 

The Cou­va North MP is call­ing for an end to crime and vi­o­lence, es­pe­cial­ly gun vi­o­lence and for the Row­ley-led Gov­ern­ment to wake up and stop play­ing with cit­i­zens’ lives. MP Rati­ram states that while Min­is­ter Hinds sleeps sound­ly at night, our cit­i­zens can­not sleep be­cause they are liv­ing in a con­stant state of fear. He says that the per­sis­tent fail­ure of Min­is­ter Hinds and the Row­ley-led Gov­ern­ment to ad­dress crime is now a hall­mark of their in­com­pe­tence as the blood of yet an­oth­er in­no­cent life stains the Gov­ern­ment’s hands.