Indian-origin woman in Trinidad seeks government security

Port of Spain, May 7 (IANS) A terrified 46-year-old Indian-origin woman in Trinidad and Tobago is seeking security for her and her three children from this country’s government following the unsolved killings of her husband and father-in-law and threats to her.

Denise Annamunthodo has made a desperate plea to Trinidad & Tobago’s National Security Minister Emmanuel George and all authorities concerned to protect her and her three children – two girls and a boy – from harm, the Trinidad & Tobago Express reported Tuesday.

Her husband, Viren Annamunthodo, was stabbed to death by unidentified men in November last year when he got off his car to open his business, Unique Services Printery, in the city of San Fernando on Trinidad island.

He was the son of prominent trade unionist and pamphleteer Walter Annamunthodo, who was killed in 1992 while he was editing a book, ‘Atma Geet’, a collection of Hindi bhajans, the report said.

Viren had inherited the business from his father and after he too was killed, the business was bequeathed to Denise.

Now, the frightened woman said, last month, an unidentified man called her from a blocked number and demanded the “rest of the money” for killing her husband.

“He said the people who paid him to kill my husband only paid him half of the money and they said that I would pay the rest,” she told the newspaper.

The man also warned her that he knew which school her children went to and her whereabouts.

Saying she had reported the matter to the police, Denise said she and her family have become prisoners to a life of fear.

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