(Trinidad Guardian) Radhica Dass, the mother of rescued kidnap victim Maria Dass-Supersad, last night thanked Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith for the quick and efficient work on his men.
“I’m very happy. I’m so happy and Gary Griffith did his job again and I must congratulate him for being tops and solving this crime,” the elder Dass said when the T&T Guardian contacted her to ask if they had been given the news that Dass-Supersad had been found safe and in good health.
Dass-Supersad was rescued by police some five hours after two men forced her into a car while she was trying to leave The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine campus to pick up her daughter.
Dass-Supersad, 26, was rescued unharmed from a car driven by her kidnappers along the Caura Road around 8.30pm. Two men were taken into police custody, one wearing a police bulletproof vest and the other in camouflage wear they were wearing during the abduction.
Griffith last night told Guardian Media that he mobilised all arms of the T&T Police Service after learning of Dass-Supersad’s kidnapping yesterday evening.
“As soon as the kidnapping took place I ignited the operations command centre and I mobilised all the relevant units, similar to what I did for Natalie Pollonais’ kidnapping,” Griffith said.
Among the arms of the TTPS involved were the Special Operations Response team, Anti Kidnapping Unit, the intelligence units, Special Branch, Northern Division and the Inter Agency Task Force.
“We were able to combine all our resources and information that we had, upon which we were able to pinpoint and target the perpetrators, we were able to zone in on them. We conducted an operation, I gave the call, they were intercepted, we were able to extract her from kidnappers.”
He said Dass-Supersad was in good health and would have undergone a basic medical check-up last night.
He also had some stern words for social media critics, saying they seemed to be ‘gunning’ for something to go wrong in Dass-Supersad’s case.
“I was a bit disappointed that there were certain individuals who would have written on social media. It seems some people were gunning in anticipation that this would have gone wrong because you were hearing comments along the line of let us see if they will put as much emphasis as they did on Natalie Pollonais as they would for this individual,” Griffith said.
“For all of those people on social media that were making those baseless unacceptable comments, they now get egg on their faces because the same effort, the same mobilisation that we did for Pollonais, I was able to mobilise the same amount of people, units, intelligence, the same amount of professional operations to ensure that Ms Dass also came out unharmed and I think it was rather tasteless that people would try to use social media to try to give the impression that the police would be biased in how they deal with citizens of this country.”
He also sought to assure the population that while he is at the helm of the TTPS the same efforts would be applied to every case.
“Whilst I remain as CoP each and every citizen of this country will be given my 100 per cent effort in every form and fashion, myself and the police service do not see race, class, geographical location, ethnic composition, we don’t see political affiliation.”