ROAD MISHAP IN MAURITIUS: Car overturned in shopping district

Bagatelle – VIJAY SHAH via Defimedia.info

A road accident on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius saw a car overturn and end up on its roof today in the town of Bagatelle, famed for its popular shopping mall, the French-language Defimedia.info website reported today.

Few details of the accident or its cause were published by the news outlet but a picture shown with their report shows bystanders clustering around the stricken auto, which had completely overturned, its four wheels hovering in the air. It is not known if there are any injuries or fatalities. What appeared to be the front of the silver-coloured car is entirely mangled and the doors were open, possibly as people were helped or removed from the vehicle.

 

The exact location of the accident was not published, apart from a mention that the incident took place in the ‘heights’ of Bagatelle, an area of the Moka District which lies less than two kilometres from the town of Rose Hill-Beau Bassin, about 20 minutes’ drive south from the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. The area draws many shoppers to its signature Bagatelle Mall, the Mauritian equivalent of Westfield.

Rising prosperity on the island has seen an explosion in the number of vehicles on its roads, leading to frequent traffic jams even in smaller towns. Accidents have also become more commonplace. According to the government agency Statistics Mauritius, 149 people are killed annually on Mauritian roads with 268 serious injuries in the same time period.

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HEM Newsbreakers, HEM Newsbreakers, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-newsbreakers

defimedia.info, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/defimediainfo

“Bagatelle : une voiture se retrouve les quatre roues en l’air” – Defimedia.info/Le Défi Media Group (27 January 2019) https://defimedia.info/bagatelle-une-voiture-se-retrouve-les-quatre-roues-en-lair?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

“Road Traffic Accident” – Statistics Mauritius http://statsmauritius.govmu.org/English/Pages/Road-Traffic-Accident-.aspx

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DRUG DEALERS IN UNIFORMS: Mauritius policeman arrested with stash of pills

Moka – VIJAY SHAH via Mo Ti News

A policeman on the island of Mauritius has been arrested after he was found in possession of a drug described by media as the ‘new Valium’, local news site Mo Ti News reports.

Avinash Buleeram, a constable aged 29 attached to a police station in Moka, in the island’s centre, was found carrying ninety pills of a drug called Pregabalin. The highly potent drug is normally used to treat epilepsy, fibromyalgia, nerve pain and anxiety, but has also raised concerns due to its increasing use as a recreational drug, especially among prisoners, and has the effects of calming and ‘taking the edge off of things’. Pregabalin can be lethal in high doses.

 

Buleeram was arrested this past Thursday by the Flacq district’s drug squad while at a bus station in the small town of Sebastopol in Mauritius’ east, close to the border of Flacq and Moka districts. The drugs were allegedly found in a grey Toyota car he was driving with a friend. Both men were promptly arrested and appeared at a court in Flacq on Friday.

The constable, who has six years’ service with the Mauritian police, is now being detained at Beau Bassin central jail, after fellow police officers protested against Buleeram being set free on bail. He could face a drug trafficking charge. Buleeram’s passenger was also found in possession of a cannabis cigarette, but was successful in getting bail.

Officers arrested the two man based on surveillance, catching them unawares at the Sebastopol bus station. A search of the vehicle revealed cigarettes blended with cannabis and a box of Pregabalin tablets at 150 mg strength. Police carried out further searches, turning up another 34 Pregabalin pills along with 27 tablets of another version of the drug,  marketed as Cabalin.

Buleeram was found not to have a medical prescription for the pills seized from him, and his friend denied all knowledge of the constable’s possession. It was not reported for what reason Buleeram had the drugs.

SOURCES:

Salim Kurreemun.

Radio Plus CONSEIL POLITIQUE . , Mauritius/Ile-Maurice, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/radioplusilemaurice/

“Possession de 90 comprimés de Pregabalin: Le policier reste en détention” – Mo Ti News (25 November 2017) http://motinews.info/news/possession-de-90-comprimes-de-pregabalin-le-policier-reste-en-detention

“Pregabalin: Doctors call for ‘new Valium’ to be restricted amid sharp rise in abuse” – Katie Forster, The Independent (30 June 2017) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/pregabalin-new-valium-doctors-call-restricted-sharp-rise-abuse-misuse-prisons-addiction-bma-yasir-a7817601.html

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“File:Lyrica 150mg box in Finland 20110618.jpg” – Acdx, Wikipedia (18 June 2011) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lyrica_150mg_box_in_Finland_20110618.jpg