UNC councillor defiant after gun attack on home

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:00

Coun­cil­lor for Cunu­pia Van­dana Mo­hit says she will not be in­tim­i­dat­ed in the wake of a gun at­tack on her home on Mon­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, around 9 pm Mo­hit was in the com­pa­ny of a 54-year-old fe­male rel­a­tive when gun­men sprayed her Jern­ing­ham Junc­tion, Cunu­pia home with bul­lets.

Re­call­ing the in­ci­dent this morn­ing, Mo­hit said she heard ex­plo­sions and glass shat­ter­ing. She said she and her rel­a­tive moved to the wash­room area of the house to seek cov­er.

Mo­hit said the or­deal last­ed un­der a minute. She called the Cunu­pia po­lice im­me­di­ate­ly af­ter the at­tack and they re­spond­ed in less than five min­utes. How­ev­er, po­lice are yet to make an ar­rest in the case.

A vis­i­bly shak­en Mo­hit told the T&T Guardian she has since been con­tact­ed by Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith, who as­sured that the shoot­ing would be in­ves­ti­gat­ed thor­ough­ly.

How­ev­er, Mo­hit said the shoot­ing will not de­ter her from serv­ing the peo­ple noth­ing would it chase her out of pol­i­tics.

She said, "I would not be in­ti­mat­ed by this. I have re­cent­ly took a stand against sus­pect­ed cor­rupt­ed prac­tices. This is all I can say but the po­lice has the in­for­ma­tion. This is noth­ing but a brave act of in­tim­i­da­tion."

Mo­hit said she was con­tact­ed by Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein and Ch­agua­nas May­or and oth­er Op­po­si­tion MPs who ex­pressed their con­cern over her safe­ty.

In an im­me­di­ate re­sponse, Ho­sein strong­ly con­demned the act.

"I strong­ly con­demn this heinous act to in­tim­i­date this lo­cal gov­ern­ment prac­ti­tion­er, who has been an ex­em­plary ser­vant of the burgess­es of Cunu­pia," Ho­sein said.

Sen­a­tor Avinash Singh al­so con­demned the act.

"Coun­cil­lor Van­dana Mo­hit has al­ways placed her burgess­es first in her ac­tions and I join the pop­u­la­tion in thank­ing God that she is phys­i­cal­ly un­harmed, but pray that the trau­ma, men­tal and emo­tion­al re­cov­ery is well on the way."

Ch­agua­nas East MP Fazal Karim said he has al­so been in con­tact with Mo­hit, who he said re­mains "very trau­ma­tised" and called for a thor­ough po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the in­ci­dent.

"I wish that the per­pe­tra­tors be brought to swift jus­tice. I hope the po­lice us­es all their re­sources to en­sure safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty for all cit­i­zens," Karim said.

Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young al­so gave the as­sur­ance that "a swift and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion has al­ready be­gun."

- by Shas­tri Boodan & Rhon­dor Dowlat