Keith Rowley

Founder of the Vishwanath Hindu Social and Cultural Organisation and the Shri Siddhi Vinayak Organisation, Pundit Doodnath Rampersad, second from left, with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, from left, National Security Minister Stuart Young and Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan at Friday’s celebration of Ganesh Utsav at the Vishwanath Hindu Temple in Sangre Chiquito.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday the Opposition was blowing a “racial dog whistle” as Naparima MP Rodney Charles accused the Government of trying to jail “inner city males”.

There was heat in the House during the debate of The Firearms Amendment Bill as Charles said this was a ruse by the Government to give the impression that it is tough on crime.

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He said the legislation will see many youth being arrested.

“These increases in penalties will, for most poor inner city youth, lead to lengthy terms of imprisonment, especially where little discretion, it appears, is given to magistrates and judges,” said Charles.

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Four suspects are in custody following the brutal murder of a 19-year-old in Carapo on ­Saturday night. This killing, along with the murder of Bryan Felix and Alim Khan, who left their homes to cut logs (see story at right), on Saturday night have pushed the murder toll to 421.

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Police are trying to determine a motive for the killing of two men who left their homes to cut logs on Saturday night. The deceased have been identified as Bryan Felix, 40, and Alim Khan, 50.