Griffith gives police until midday to explain raid on home of Anand's maid

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given police investigators until midday today (Wednesday) to explain on what grounds they raided the home of Goomatee Ragbir, the maid of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan.

In an interview, Griffith said the Anticrime and Intelligence Bureau had no knowledge of the raid, nor did the head of the Southern Division ACP Zamsheed Mohammed.

"I have no knowledge whatsoever of that taking place. The ACIB has the sole Authority in that matter involving Ramlogan and they have no knowledge of any operation at the home of Mr Ramlogan's maid.  I spoke to the head of the Southern Division and he is also not aware," Griffith said.

He added, "It was brought to my attention that a certain arm of the police service was responsible. I prefer not to make any further comment until I get more details. I have given them until midday today to give me a report to ascertain on what grounds was it that such a search was conducted and under whose authorization."

Meanwhile, MP for Oropouche East Dr Roodal Moonilal said Ragbir was his constituent and he was convinced she was a victim of a group of rogue police.

"I am concerned by the suspicious coincidence arising from this event in the aftermath of the arrest and charging of Mr Ramlogan," Moonilal said.

 Saying Ragbir made serious allegations concerning the police conduct, Moonilal noted, "It suggests that we have elements of the police service that has gone rogue. I confirm that neither commissioner Griffith, not Zamsheed Mohammed knew anything about this investigation. It is very suspicious and coincidental all these years for the police to suggest there are arms and ammunition at the maid's house."

Moonilal added, "I think we are into a reign of terror by certain elements of the police service. They are out of control and the Commissioner has his hands full trying to come to terms with that development."

He added that even though the police showed a warrant, there were sufficient grounds to sue.

"If the warrant was obtained with malice or poor intentions you can sue. I am concerned by the intentions that led to this. It may be part of something that is deeper and darker. I warned this country that we are in for a long road. It is very serious. I am assured by the Commissioner that he is investigating by the hour and will have something to say soon," Moonilal said.

- by Radhica De Silva

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