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Worker shot dead at health centre

Friday, September 22, 2017

Member of Parliament for Couva South Rudranath Indarsingh is calling for a review of the security at all public institutions, following the murder of a 23-year-old Claxton Bay man outside the Couva Extended Care Centre yesterday.

In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian, Indarsingh said the National Security Minister was very silent while “criminals have taken over the country.” He added that no one and no where seems to be safe now.

According to police reports, Aaron Goorachan, who was an attendant at the health facility, was followed by his killers to his job and murdered.

Goorachan had just reported for duty around 7.30 am when he was shot. Police said they could not give a motive for his attack.

On Goorachan’s Facebook page, the young man shared pictures of his car and a few with him and a dog. The posts were mostly a year old at least. When approached at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James, yesterday, relatives said they did not wish to speak with the media at this time.

Indarsingh said yesterday’s killing and the hostage situation at MIC on Monday were signs that the security at public institutions were failing.

On Monday, a 32-year-old Santa Cruz man threatened to kill a 17-year-old MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) trainee during a stand-off with police.

“This is emerging to be a working issue and a health and safety issue because more people could have died at Couva Health Facility and at MIC if this hostage situation had gone wrong. Did the security at the compound (at MIC) have the resources and expertise to deal with that type of situation?” Indarsingh asked.

He added that following the incident on Monday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia was “flippant” in saying there was no need for a security review at educational facilities and hopes his colleague and Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh does not follow in the same vein.

“The Government led by Dr. Keith Rowley has lost the war on crime. You are no longer safe at home or at work,” Indarsingh said, adding he hopes that there will be greater police presence in his constituency.


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