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Opposition calls on the Prime Minister to say if he was involved in the recent firings at the TTPS

MP for Couva south, Rudranath Indarsingh

MP for Couva south, Rudranath Indarsingh wants Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to say whether he was involved in the firings of civilian personnel at the office of the Commissioner of Police.

Up to 19 people have been sent home.

It is reported they were hired and given contracts under the now former Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.

The man in charge of the police service now, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob is denying there was anything sinister about the development.

But in a statement, MP Indarsingh says Dr. Rowley must say whether he was involved in the firings.

Mr. Indarsingh also notes with interest that the dismissals have occurred while Minister Stuart Young is currently acting as Minister of National Security.

The Opposition MP says Minister Young must also say whether he has used his current acting stint to direct or influence the firings of such persons.

Mr. Indarsingh is accusing the Prime Minister of interfering in the police service, by writing to the Police Service Commission indicating his loss of confidence in then Commissioner Gary Griffith.

He says the PSC is an independent institution under the constitution and ought to make its considerations free from the weight of political influence.

On Monday, Deputy Commissioner Jacob said some of the personnel were no longer needed.

However, former Commissioner Gary Griffith is not convinced it was all about cutting cost.

In a statement Mr. Griffith claimed political interference in the running of the police service.

He said the purging now taking place reminds him of what happens after election campaigns.

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