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Slain cop’s sister vows to help crime victims

Friday, October 5, 2007
Officers of Debe Police Post carry the casket bearing the body of slain cop Tickchand Soondar. Photo: Rishi Ragoonath

Sister says

  • Brother had problems and needed therapy.
  • Her only regret is that she wasn’t able to reach out to help him.
  • In memory of her brother she wants to assist victims of crime.

Barbara SOONDAR—sister of slain police constable Tickchand Soondar—vows to devote the rest of her life helping victims of crime.

Soondar, a Roman Catholic nun, made the comment yesterday, while speaking during her brother’s funeral at Sugar Road in Bronte, Barrackpore.

Her brother Tickchand, a police constable who was assigned to Debe Police Post, died after being chopped while he slept on his favourite chair at his home.

A 77-year-old man has been detained in connection with the killing.

The funeral, which started at 10 am, was attended by several senior officers, including Asst Commissioner of Police Dennis Graham, Asst CoP (South) Nadir Mohammed, Supt Shaheed Mohammed, Senior Supt of Southern Division Samuel Jemmot and Senior Supt of South-Western Division, Krishna Maharaj.

Soondar, who sang several hymns in honour of her brother, described him as a generous person.

However, she said he had problems and needed therapy.

“My only regret is that I wasn’t able to reach out to him to give him the therapy he needed.”

She said he had suffered because of the pain people inflicted upon him. Soondar said in memory of her brother she wanted to assist victims of crime.

“I plan to become involved in helping and working with families in trauma,” she added.

She explained that she was already working with prisoners and did not plan to stop because of what had happened to her brother.

Meanwhile, Soondar’s niece Usha broke down in tears, saying that the man who killed her uncle was evil.

“That man was an evil man, and everybody saying my uncle was a bad man. You could write what you want...

“God knows my uncle, and he was a good policeman. God is the one to judge,” Usha cried.

Another niece, Michelle Pooran, said her uncle had faith in people. “He had his failings like anyone else, but those who knew him could attest to his virtue.”

He was described by ACP Graham as a good officer. Graham said he was surprised by the way the officer had died.

Meanwhile, Pundit Atma Maharaj, who officiated, prayed for peace upon the family. The officer was given a full military funeral, which included a gun salute.

His body was cremated at the Shore of Peace, Mosquito Creek.


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