Beaten principal returns to duty today

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 03:15

Tu­na­puna (Simb­hoonath Capildeo) Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School prin­ci­pal Jee­wan Ramd­hanie is not go­ing to let “thugs” keep him away from du­ty and is ex­pect­ed to re­turn to his desk to­day.

Guardian Me­dia was told by sources close to Ramd­hanie, who was at­tacked on the school com­pound on Wednes­day, that he “re­mains de­fi­ant and will con­tin­ue to keep to his oath in serv­ing T&T and look­ing af­ter the wel­fare of T&T’s fu­ture, the chil­dren.”

Ramd­hanie was hit in the head with a ba­ton by one of two men who at­tacked him on the com­pound. Po­lice said the men ap­proached the se­cu­ri­ty at about 2.40 pm and asked to speak to the prin­ci­pal re­gard­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion. But when the men ap­proached the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice they pulled a ba­ton and dealt him a blow. Ramd­hanie was tak­en to the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mount Hope, where he was treat­ed and dis­charged.

Ramd­hanie ac­tu­al­ly at­tempt­ed to re­port for du­ty yes­ter­day, but while on his way he be­gan ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere headaches and in­stead went to a doc­tor where he was ex­am­ined. Ramd­hanie rest­ed for the rest of the day but said he will re­port to the school to­day.

The school, which is run by the Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha (SDMS) Board of Man­age­ment, is lo­cat­ed at the cor­ner of the Churchill Roo­sevelt High­way and Pasea Main Road, Tu­na­puna.

Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, SDMS sec­re­tary-gen­er­al Sat Ma­haraj con­firmed he saw Ramd­hanie yes­ter­day.

“He was dri­ving but then he start­ed to feel a lit­tle a dizzy and he went down to see his doc­tor. I have not had any oth­er re­ports that any­thing fur­ther hap­pened, so it seemed as though he is get­ting along pret­ty all right.”

Ma­haraj said Ramd­hanie was “kind” to the two men and said it was dur­ing the dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion that one of the men took out a ba­ton and dealt him the blow. Ma­haraj said the cam­era footage has been hand­ed over to the po­lice and be­lieves it will as­sist the of­fi­cers in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

A team of of­fi­cers from the Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices Di­vi­sion of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion vis­it­ed the school yes­ter­day and pro­vid­ed in­ter­ven­tion and coun­selling for the stu­dents. Of­fi­cials of the Em­ploy­ee As­sis­tance Pro­gramme al­so vis­it­ed and pro­vid­ed coun­selling ser­vices for the teach­ers.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat