Has Ramjattan lost interest in region after LGE thrashing? – Regional Vice Chairman questions
Crime wave in Region 6
With a sharp increase in crimes being reported in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), the region’s Vice Chairman is questioning the motive of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, since he in not addressing the issue.
Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop while addressing the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Thursday said murders and robberies have been on the increase over the past six weeks.
He made mention of two persons being killed recently at Bush Lot, Berbice during a robbery. According to DeRoop, there was a power outage in the area during the
robbery, but electricity was restored five minutes after the bandits escaped.
“There is perception that there is some collusion between some persons working with the power company and the bandits,” he told the RDC, while making mention of the two other robberies at Tain, three in the Black Bush Polder, a robbery and breaking and entering at Number 46 Village, and another robbery at Number 45 Village.
“There was a robbery there, very early at 6:30pm (18:30h) in the evening. There seems now to be a new pattern. Bandits don’t break in anymore, but they go in very early when you are still outside between 6:30 and 9:00 [21:00h]. Something must be done. I am not seeing any reaction from the Ministry of Public Security with all these crimes. The Minister is not even making a statement. Can you imagine that two persons were killed and nothing from the Minister?”
DeRoop recalled that historically, when such incidents occur, senior persons from the Police Force and sometimes even the Minister will visit the affected families. With the last four murders in Region Six (New Amsterdam, Philippi and two at Bush Lot) this did not happen, he passionately told the RDC.
“It tells me that there is no humane feeling from the Minister. He probably don’t care that two lives were lost,” DeRoop said, as he referred to Monday’s robbery at Bush Lot during which two brothers were killed by bandits.
“Otherwise he would have been there and we can see him many weekends driving down the road galivanting the whole place and can’t find the time to share some sympathy. I want to condemn the Minister of Public Security.”
DeRoop said he is of the belief that the recent upsurge in crime warrants more action from the Public Security Ministry.
“We have seen a different pattern of crime escalating in Region Six. I don’t know if after the thrashing they got at the Local Government Elections he lost interest in Region Six; I hope it’s not so…”
“He should resign and let the junior Minister move up. He himself in one of his recent statements said he don’t know what to do.”