Suspect held in attack on ex-sport minister Ramsaran

Former sport minister Manohar Ramsaran, left, who was allegedly beaten by a homeless man on Tuesday, is hugged by Kelly Village/Warrenville councillor and Munroe Road Cricket Club chairman Samuel Sankar, while recovering from his injuries at Mt Hope Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Former sport minister Manohar Ramsaran, left, who was allegedly beaten by a homeless man on Tuesday, is hugged by Kelly Village/Warrenville councillor and Munroe Road Cricket Club chairman Samuel Sankar, while recovering from his injuries at Mt Hope Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

A MAN suspected of attacking former minister of sport Manohar Ramsaran, 73, on Tuesday morning, at Munroe Road Cricket Club, was arrested by Central Division police just after 5pm.

This was confirmed by club chairman and local government councillor for Kelly Village/Warrenville Samuel Sankar.

Ramsaran, a TT Cricket Board (TTCB) member, was attacked at the club by a homeless man who used the grounds for shelter.

Sankar said Ramsaran went to the club on Tuesday morning to check on recent cleaning  and found the man there. Ramsaran told the man to leave.

The man, irate at Ramsaran’s request, picked up a piece of wood and began hitting him, before fleeing.

After the incident, Ramsaran alerted neighbours, who called the emergency health services.

Ramsaran is now warded at the Mt Hope hospital with a broken left arm. He also has head and back injuries. Sankar said another x-ray will determine if there are additional injuries. Ramsaran has no lacerations or cuts, however.

On the suspect’s arrest, Sankar said, “He is not a known person in the area, but it seems he is from Bejucal, as that is where the arrest was made, according to the police.

“Manohar is a warrior and in good spirits. Although he is in pain, he isn’t lying down and moping about it. The police also interviewed him at the hospital.”

He credited officers ASP Rakesh Ramsook and other Central Division officers for swiftly apprehending the suspect. Sankar also thanked the medical staff at Mt Hope for their professionalism.

Sankar said Ramsaran visited the club premises to check on the progress of a clean-up. The venue has a lengthy list of events coming up, held by different organisations in the area, and Ramsaran wanted to do a site check.

Sankar visited Ramsaran at the hospital on Tuesday evening.

“He wants our youth development programme to continue on and instructed everyone to come out to training today (Tuesday). He said cricket has to go on,” Sankar said.

The club was carded to have its regular training session at the National Cricket Centre in Couva on Tuesday.

Sankar also thanked Chaguanas mayor Faaiq Mohammed and Munroe Road/Caroni Savannah councillor Adrian Ali for all their assistance.

Club members and supporters also sent good wishes to the ex-sports minister.

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