BY GEISHA KOWLESSAR
Security forces have been detailed to remain on heightened alert, despite the Friday night order to have law enforcement officers vacate the premises of the Jamaat al Muslimeen.
A senior officer of the Special Anti Crime Unit (SAUTT) confirmed yesterday that police and members of the regiment were given the order to remain on alert.
The officer also disclosed that once information had been obtained, "searches for arms and ammunition will continue non-stop."
Contacted for comment, Police Commissioner Trevor Paul said: "We are always on the alert. Anytime we have information of any kind of unlawful activity anywhere, not just the Jamaat al Muslimeen, that is reasonable to us, we will act on it."
While their leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, remained in custody after being denied bail last week by Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls and also by Justice Herbert Volney, Muslimeen members surveyed the destruction at the Mucurapo Road jamaat and began reconstruction.
At No 1 Mucurapo Road, St James, yesterday morning, followers were seen clearing the rubble of the partly-destroyed building.
"We have cleared to an extent," said a female member.
She added: "More or less we are trying to get the office organised. We are sorting out the papers to determine what they (police) took and what they did not take."
Using jackhammers and a tractor belonging to Port-of-Spain City Corporation, police and soldiers tore down Muslimeen leader Abu Bakr's office last week.
The surrounding offices, which were also ransacked, were littered with sheets of paper, torn folders and an assortment of office equipment thrown helter-skelter.
Broken cupboard doors were seen hanging on their hinges as contents littered the muddied vinyl floors.
Describing the mood at the Jamaat as "normal and calm," the spokeswoman said members were focused on rebuilding.
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