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Kublalsingh arrested again

ENVIRONMENTAL activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was on Saturday charged for obstruction after he allegedly stood in front of an excavator which was clearing land in Fyzabad.

While at Roots Avenue, Mon Desir, Fyzabad, a senior officer warned Kublalsingh of the offence and he repeatedly said, “They’re working illegally here.”

Cars were earlier allegedly parked in the path of the earth-moving machine and one was towed.

Kublalsingh was taken to the Fyzabad Police Station where he was charged with obstruction of the free passageway.

Kublalsingh and members of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) were charged with similar offences approximately six years ago.

These matters are still pending before the Magistrates’ Court, due to another court matter.

Kublalsingh was on Saturday placed on $500 own bail for the incident at Roots Avenue and is to appear before a Siparia magistrate on Tuesday.

Last month, Kublalsingh, who is the head of the HRM, had the judicial review lawsuit the group brought against Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan dismissed before the court.

Kublalsingh had claimed a promise was made by the minister to the HRM that consultation would be made with the HRM before work continued on the highway extension linking the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin but there was a breach of that promise.

Kublalsingh claimed work continued and that this was unlawful.

The ministry had however contended that there had been no new works.

Following the dismissal, Kublalsingh said the group planned to appeal.

He said on Saturday that work can be done but claimed the work that was being done on this day encroached on land that the State had not fully acquired.

A resident, Phyllis Priam, said she lost half of her one-acre parcel of land. “I am not objecting to the highway, I just want to be paid,” she said.

Government documents were presented and reviewed with the police but Kublalsingh challenged that they were expired.

He told the Sunday Express he intends to file an injunction related to the project.

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