Former Sports Minister Attacked at Cricket Club

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By Prior Beharry and Sue-Ann Wayow

FORMER Sports Minister Manohar Ramsaran is now nursing a broken left hand and injuries to his head and back after being attacked at the cricket club he has spent years supporting.

He was beaten by a man who was at the Munroe Road Cricket Club on Tuesday.

Jaipersad Harrichan, who lives close to the ground, said Ramsaran drove into his yard with his Toyota Prado around 7.30 am. He said Ramsaran, who is president of the club, asked a man what he was doing in the club house. He said the man told Ramsaran that he got permission to stay there and then picked up a piece of wood and started to beat the former United National Congress (UNC) MP for Chaguanas.

Ramsaran, according to Harricharan, managed to escape and then jumped into his Prado and drove into his yard.

Harricharan said Ramsaran, who also lives nearby, told him what happened and collapsed at his house. He said he then called the former minister’s relatives, an ambulance and the police.

He said police were looking for the culprit who was reportedly spotted in the area walking with a two-by-four piece of wood and a knife.

Manohar Ramsaran’s Toyota Prado that he used to seek help after the attack

Harricharan said Ramsaran was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Centre where he was warded up to Tuesday evening.

Local Government Councilor for Kelly Village/Warrenville Samuel Sankar, who visited Ramsaran at Mt Hope, said he was in good spirits and was resting.

Sankar, who is also a member of the Munroe Road Cricket Club, said Ramsaran suffered a broken arm, and was also struck on his head and back during the incident.

He said Ramsaran was experiencing body pains and a CT scan was done on his head.

And Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West Dinesh Rambally described the attack on Ramsaran as “mindless.”

In a Facebook post, Rambally said, “It is unfortunate that Mr Ramsaran had to endure this mindless attack but even more so considering that Mr Ramsaran is the custodian of the Munroe Road Cricket Club, where he has helped to nurture hundreds of talented young cricketers.”


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