…City Hall probes mistreatment of junior female Constabulary OfficersFollowing the brazen daylight robbery committed on La Penitence Market vendor Doodnauth “Hardat” Danasri and his wife, Meena, on Monday, vendors in the area are calling on both City Hall and the Guyana Police Force to set up an outpost and armed officers.On Monday afternoon about 17:30h, two armed men pounced upon Meena and demanded cash. However, her husband attempted to ward off the men with a knife, but they shot him three times about his body and made good their escape with over $150,000 in cash.The area where the Danasris were robbedDoodnauth, of Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was shot once in the region of his temple, his hand and abdomen while attempting to rescue his wife. Meena said the money was two days’ sales and she had to pay some suppliers. After snatching the money, the men rode off on their bicycles into James Street, Albouystown.An alarm was raised, and ranks from the Ruimveldt Police Station promptly arrived on the scene and quickly rushed Doodnauth to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he received medical attention.Meena related that her husband went back to the Hospital on Tuesday morning to dress his wounds and to receive a medical certificate. She noted that his injuries were not life-threatening, but did indicate that they were now scared for their lives.SecurityThe woman, along with other vendors, said there have been many robberies at the Market and the Constables were unable to do anything, because they were mostly female and unarmed. She noted that at the time of the robbery, there were four unarmed female Constables nearby, but they could not have aided the situation.“It been got Constable out here with nothing to represent themselves…we want protection out here. We want protection, we need protection because high daylight them do we that,” Meena said.“We want a Police Outpost here and the Constables have to get some weapon so when them people this come to rob, they can do something and not just stand up and watch,” she added.Meena related that at the time of the robbery, the area was crowded. She said in all of the 38-plus years she have been vending at the Market, this is the first time a robbery of this magnitude was committed on her.The Police investigations are ongoing and the suspects are yet to be apprehended.MistreatmentAt the March 26 statutory meeting of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), concerns were raised in relation to junior female Constabulary Officers taking an unprecedented amount of sick days, resulting in the call for a probe and possible disciplinary action. The call from some Councillors led to Chief Constable Andrew Foo reporting that he would have exhausted all avenues of discipline, but the junior officers were failing to comply.However, this did not go down too well with Mayor Patricia Chase-Green, who revealed that the same officers would have complained to her, along with other Councillors, about the treatment they receive at the hands of their superiors.“We have senior female Constabulary Officers mistreating the junior officers…they are telling them all sorts of things and even chasing them out of their offices,” the Mayor reported.“In some cases, they are sending the junior female officers to work at sites with no lights or protection, and it is unacceptable,” Chase Green added.She noted that there were serious issues going on in the City Constabulary Department and she would have made numerous complaints to Town Clerk Royston King, who was in charge of the City Constabulary, but, to date, the situation remained unchanged. Chase Green then ordered the city’s Welfare Officer to look into the treatment of the junior female ranks and the conditions they are forced to endure and work in. The Welfare Officer’s report is expected to be submitted at the next statutory meeting on April 9, 2018.
The rainy season is known to bring along with it many things and road fatalities just happen to be one of those that cannot be accepted. This is according to Traffic Chief Linden Isles, who on Friday appealed to drivers to be extra careful on the wet roads.Traffic Chief Linden IslesThe Traffic Chief explained to this publication that road accidents and fatalities have increased for this year. This was seen when figures were compared with those for last year for the same period.“We had 35 accidents with 39 deaths last year up to today’s date and in 2019, we got 38 accidents with 40 deaths, an increase of accidents by eight per cent and deaths by two per cent,” he said.In light of this, the Traffic Chief is calling on all road users to be careful on the wet roadways.“When the road surface is wet, there is less friction between the tyres and the roadway so if brakes is applied vehicles tend to skid and the drivers tend sometimes to drive in water that causes water to spill on pedestrians and we know that while inclement weather is on, we have to reduce our speed because braking distance, when brakes is applied the vehicle will travel a longer distance before it can come to a standstill,” he explained.The Traffic Chief made specific reference to the fact that extra care must be exercised at night when it rains as the drivers’ visibility will be affected.“Because of the weather the vision is reduced so I would urge them to reduce speed and be more careful, think of the five C’s. Care, caution, consideration, courtesy and common sense. Especially at nights because the vision would be far more less because of the weather so they will have to drive within their lights, don’t try to outdrive their lights,” he cautioned.On Tuesday last, Guyana Times reported that one man died while two were left in a serious condition after the minibus in which they were travelling plunged into a trench at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara. The dead man was identified as 34-year-old Michael Cozier of Lot 3 Charlestown, Georgetown.Based on reports received, the accident occurred at about 22:50h as the minibus, bearing registration number BXX 3014 was heading to Georgetown at a fast rate of speed and while in the vicinity of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Army Corps, the driver lost control.This resulted in the minibus toppling several times before coming to a halt in the trench. At the time of the accident, there were reportedly seven passengers in the minibus including a Police Constable, Linden Charles, and Devon Benjamin.About a week prior, a 31-year-old office assistant of a mining company died after he reportedly lost control of the vehicle he was driving along the Rupert Craig Highway, East Coast Demerara.Dead is Videsh Lakeram Singh of Kitty, Georgetown, while his friend, Rakesh Ramsaroop, a customer service representative at Qualfon Communications, was nursing injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Reports are Singh was speeding at about 23:00h that evening in the vicinity of Liliendaal, ECD, when he lost control of motorcar PLL 4706.According to the police, Singh’s vehicle was proceeding east along the northern lane of the northern carriageway at a fast rate of speed and while negotiating a turn, he lost control of the motorcar. The vehicle veered north into a nearby drain and toppled several times before coming to a halt.Several other fatalities were recorded during April.