UNC calls for criminal investigation into Pariah incident

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Opposition UNC is calling for a criminal investigation into the February 25 incident at the Pointe-à-Pierre compound of Paria Fuel Trading Ltd, in which four divers died.

As hundreds of supporters marched along Narsaloo Ramaya Road in Chaguanas in connection with the party’s women’s march against crime nationwide on Sunday, Caroni East MP Dr Rishad Seecharan also called for the dismissal of the Energy Minister Stuart Young:

“We are here for justice, we call for the removal of Stuart Young as Minister of Energy, he is incompetent and we find his actions negligent towards the citizens of T&T,” he said.

Also present at Sunday’s march, UNC Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial said that while five families suffered as a result of this tragic incident, the Paria board continues “to sit down and collect their wages”.

“Who contacted Christopher Boodram to help offer help?” she asked, noting that a group chat on the Whats app wasn’t enough.

Meanwhile, St Augustine MP Khadijah Ameen said no one knows of the trauma the families of the five divers continue to endure.

“We call on the Paria board to resign or be fired. The Paria board must go!

“We demand a full criminal investigation into what happened in Paria and we will be relentless in seeing justice done,” she said.

Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh further claimed that the incompetence of the Paria board was to blame for the incident:

“Their inaction, their incompetence, their lack of leadership resulted in the deaths of four people. That’s why at UNC we say this is state-sanctioned murder,” a- he declared.

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