May 21, 2015 News
The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) hosted a small presentation at their Quamina Street office yesterday, to show their generosity to two families affected directly by the mass disturbance in Sophia; during the
recently held National and Regional elections on May 11, last.
Tangible monetary presentations were made by Safia Gafoor, a member of the IAC, and Yvette Ramsaroop, Secretary of the IAC to Farida Prashad and Poonadai Khuball, the victims of the Sophia mayhem. They were later to suffer and also of a recent break and enter robbery.
On May 11, last, an angry mob torched several vehicles and attacked a pastor’s home, in the belief that PPP/C supporters had set up an illegal polling station in the area. The building was actually a PPP/C Command Centre, which had no ballot boxes, as several residents had believed.
The Lot 589 ‘C’ Field property which came under attack is owned by Pastor Narine Khuball, the husband of Poonadai Khuball. In the process, Farida Prashad’s house was also destroyed.
In all, eight vehicles, including a minibus and three SUVs, one of which belonged to PPP
candidate Joseph Hamilton, were destroyed by the time police and army ranks brought the situation under control.
The duo also said that on May 19, they were made victims of another altercations as their homes were completely robbed leaving just their clothing.
“I think better could’ve been done by the police but what can we do? We have to live with it…They broke down the fence and came into my house on elections day…
“The worse damage came to my home; they broke all the windows and walls. Even my daughters’ apartments they destroyed. They rode away with three motorcycles for us, all the fridges, televisions everything,” said Farida Prashad, recapturing her experience.
Mrs Khuball added, “Every election this does happen but this was the worst. I lived there for 18 years and this was the worst. They took a lot of things…I will move back to Sophia but not for now”.
Mr Raymond Azeeze, one of the executive members of the IAC, conducted the presentation ceremony. He highlighted the role and agendas of the committee. He noted that “since 2003 the IAC has mandated a social outreach to lend assistance to persons.
“This was made possible by many activities such as the 177th anniversary of Indian arrival in Guyana. Melas held all across Guyana last month.” He said, “The IAC always wishes to make donations in the humblest way possible”.
Aditya Persaud, another member of the committee, said, “The IAC does not only organise social events, it also renders assistance to victims of fires, flood, children in need and any other type of catastrophes…especially to the Indo Guyanese populace, but not limited to any ethnic group.”
“I just would like to say thank you for the assistance that you guys gave to us. It will help relieve some of the pain that we have to carry to know that we were robbed of our home.
“I thank you very much and may you keep up the good work”, said a very emotional Farida Prashad.
“I am very thankful for whatever you have given us and I will not give up on the works we do as a church,” Mrs Khuball added.
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