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Navas reunited with family

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Former Chaguanas Mayor Natasha Navas

Former Chaguanas mayor Natasha Navas who took refuge at a temple in Cunupia over the weekend has been reunited with her family at an undisclosed location.

Confirmation came from Pundit Jaidath Maharaj, head of the Gyaan Jyoti Mandali Temple via a Facebook post yesterday.

Maharaj said Navas’ family was now “seeking her best interest in consultation with professionals from the public as well as the ministry who reached out to us.”

Maharaj who was praised by many on social media for his swift intervention thanked everyone who expressed concern and volunteered their expert advice to Navas.

However, he singled out attorney Ashvani Mahabir who went beyond the call in reaching out to Navas. Mahabir, who is a close friend of Navas said when he saw her heartbreaking plight on Facebook he became concerned.

“I met her yesterday (Tuesday) morning and we had quite a long conversation. I am not a medical doctor but she came across in a manner that was coherent, lucid and clear,” Mahabir said.

Navas, who had been roaming the streets of Central in the past few months, sought refuge at the temple at Madras Road over the weekend.

Mahabir said Navas’ family, medical practitioners and the ministry were contacted.

“Last night (Tuesday) her family took her to another place, which I prefer not to disclose. Efforts are being made to locate a permanent place for her. Right now her family is engaged in what needs to be done.”

He said Navas was expected to meet a social welfare worker yesterday.

“I am optimistic she would be well. A new beginning lies around the corner.”

Mahabir said Navas expressed a “bit of embarrassment and hurt by the media publicity.”

He said the fact that she became embarrassed, reflects upon a person who is of sound mind and body. Mahabir opted not to say what drove Navas to go to the temple.

“She disclosed some personal things which I would not say to protect her privacy.”


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