….family pickets for justiceMore than two weeks after 30-year-old Shaheed Alli succumbed to injuries he received during an altercation at the Lusignan Prison earlier this month, Director of Prison Services Gladwyn Samuels on Tuesday said that investigations surrounding the inmate’s death are still ongoing.Dead: Shaheed Alli“Nothing is available as yet, I know the police is investigating, hopefully soon but at present there is nothing…the matter is being investigated since from the time of the incident,” the Director stated.On Tuesday, the parents and siblings of the now dead man held a picketing exercise in front of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they called for justice for the deceased while holding placards.Speaking with this publication, father of the deceased, Roy Alli related that the perpetrators should not be that difficult to catch since the prison is under guard.Meanwhile, Director Samuels noted that the protest action taken by the family members will not change the pace of the ongoing investigations.Director of Prison Services Gladwyn Samuels“The reality is that the investigations follows certain steps or procedure…. the protest, I can understand family members being hurt, they would want to do such thing but I don’t see it changing the current pace of the investigations because it is receiving as much attention as possible” he underscored.Shaheed Alli was on remand for a murder charge at the Lusignan Prison.Reports are that at about 22:58h on April 2, Alli was in Bay One at the Lusignan Prison when several other prisoners began to beat him following a dispute.Alli was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient. However, on April 12, 2019, at about 20:50h he succumbed to his injuries.
It’s not time for a post mortem yet. India is 0-1 down in a country where they have won only 2 Tests in its 18 Test history. But Virat Kohli’s team has gone to a South Africa carrying the burden of being the No.1 ranked team in the world. And given the scrutiny that surrounds the Indian cricket team’s performance for the riches it’s cricketers enjoy, this was always going to be seen as a case study of — if their top billing built on series’ of dominant performances in familiar climes is worth its salt. BCCI mandarins have let rip the all too familiar ‘blame is not on us’ disclaimer, suggesting how it was the team management that did not act on the option to let part of the team train in South Africa early, comfortably overlooking if it was logistically possible.It’s true that a good part of the Indian Test squad was not playing the T20 series against Sri Lanka that began a week before the team left for African shores. An insider related to the development told India Today: “The idea of going to South Africa early or alternatively the option for some players to train in Dharamsala that dished out the lively surface in the first ODI vs Sri Lanka was considered by the team management.”WATCHBut the ideas were dropped due to the unavailability of the Indian team support staff that was attending to the Rohit Sharma-led team against Sri Lanka. It was concluded that batting coach Sanjay Bangar and throw-down expert Raghavendra, popular for his meticulous usage of side arm and others were all needed by the young Indian T20 team in action against Sri Lanka.advertisement”It wouldn’t have been ideal to get just a group of players training in a camp in Dharmshala or Cape town under back up coaches unfamiliar with specifics that a player needed to work upon for the big series,” added the source.Instead players were left to train and gear up on their own before departure with those like Ajinkya Rahane choosing to work with personal coach Pravin Amre and Cheteshwar Pujara with father and coach Arvind. The larger question is: If the yawn of a long home series (3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) against Sri Lanka ate up into what could have been ideal preparatory time for the whole team in South Africa?It was head coach Ravi Shastri who had first flagged the issue about lack of rehearsal time ahead of the South Africa Test series with the BCCI. Following this, BCCI had expressed helplessness citing per-arranged scheduling but promised corrective measures for the next overseas assignment in England.Interestingly, the Sri Lanka tour of India was announced by the BCCI as late as early October and is learnt that it was mandated by the need to fulfill contractual broadcast obligations to make up for vacancy arising out of no India-Pakistan contests in the current home rights cycle that ends in March. 2018. While BCCI’s administrative priorities may have robbed the team of a couple of practice games, the jury is still out on the team management’s decision to reject the solitary two day practice game, alluding to possibility of poor competition and non-match like pitches on offer. Instead they had alternated it with match simulation sessions ahead of the first Test. The team had also opted not to train on per-match day in Cape Town.ALSO WATCH: