President Donald Ramotar today met with the police top brass amid a spike in crime, the Government Information Agency said. It provided no further details. Yesterday alone, two murders occurred during robberies and another man was shot twice on Church Street and money stolen from him. There has been an upsurge in gun-related crimes and murders this year and the police have seemed unable to do anything about it. The continuing crime wave is occurring amid a year-old reform plan announced by Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on December 31st, 2012.
Alliance for Change (AFC) leader Raphael Trotman yesterday said the diversion of billions to the security sector after the destruction of the Camp Street prison was partly responsible for the government not budgeting the full sum for severance payments to laid off sugar workers.
The police were up to yesterday afternoon still working to ascertain the motive behind the murders of Ambrose Baharally and Martin Godette, the Pomeroon farmers who were shot dead on Sunday and a potential witness was taken into custody to assist with the investigation.
Former President Donald Ramotar has accused the current government of accepting loans from India that he initiated except those pertaining to the rehabilitation of the sugar industry but State Minister Joseph Harmon says he is unaware of the claim and has urged that the former head of state prove it.
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