Over the past few days, severe criticisms and condemnations have been coming from major stakeholders, including political parties, private sector groups and NGOS, against the APNU/AFC Government regarding the manner in which the security forces are carrying out their duties.
The latest to join the fray is the United Republican Party (URP) which, in a statement today, registered its “strong condemnation” against Government over what the party calls “spying on the movement of citizens and eavesdropping on conversations”.
The URP, headed by businessman Vishnu Bandhu, noted that if the fatal Carifesta crash had not occurred, in which three persons including a GDF Sergeant lost their lives, the public would not have known that the government had ordered the military to spy on political opponents and ordinary citizens who are affiliated with the political Opposition.
According to the statement, the APNU/AFC Government, which came to power only last May, has been spying on citizens as it (PNC) did between 1965 and 1992. “One can only assume that it is also eavesdropping on conversations. This is a complete repeat of what occurred between 1965 and 1992 when the PNC (now APNU) assumed total control of the society establishing an ethnic dictatorship”.
The Party is urging the Government to better use its manpower and other resources in combating the out-of-control crime spree which is currently creating serious instability in the country, “instead of misusing the security forces to spy on, harass, and intimidate citizens”.
INews had reported a few days ago that Sergeant Pyle was on vacation when he was called out to duty to participate in the special covert operation that went totally wrong and ended with him and his wife dying tragically in an accident on Carifesta Avenue in Georgetown on December 30.
According to sources, Sergeant Pyle was assisting the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) on a surveillance operation on National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Head Winston Brassington, who was recently sent on administrative leave to facilitate a probe of the entity.
Reports indicate that directives were given for the GDF Sergeant to keep watch on Brassington’s teenage children. But on the night in question, the special team reportedly staked out and eventually hunted down the wife and brother-in-law of People’s Progressive Party/Civic parliamentarian Attorney Charles Ramson Jr. Reports suggest that the special team thought the brother and sister duo to be Brassington’s children.
In a case of mistaken identity, the special team approached Alana Seebarran and her brother Raymond, but failed to properly identify themselves in the process. Their approach triggered fear within the two civilians who attempted to flee the scene. This led to a high-speed chase which took a turn for the worse on Carifesta Avenue, resulting in the death of Pyle, his wife Stacy and a Canter driver, Linden Eastman who unfortunately was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Pyle’s brother, Roger, has since issued a strong call for the authorities to say exactly what occurred on the night in question that may have led to the fatal crash.