Cultural icon, Torrance Mohammed. (Image courtesy The Torrance Mohammed Culture & Arts Foundation Facebook)

Cultural icon, Torrance Mohammed, currently is warded in a critical condition at hospital, after he was brutally beaten and robbed in San Fernando, on Monday.

Mohammed served at the San Fernando City Corporation as a councillor and deputy mayor for several years.

He is also the founder of The Torrance Mohammed Culture & Arts Foundation.

Guardian Media was told that he was coming out of his car at Torrance Street, Mon Repos, near the Eugene Joseph School of Dance when he was attacked. He is warded at the San Fernando General Hospital.

San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello said he got the disturbing news last evening that Mohammed was ambushed and his gold chain and phone stolen. He told Guardian Media that Mohammed is unconscious, and in the Intensive Care Unit.

“We understand that if he survives this, he may not be able to walk, and I don’t know what to say about this. Torrance will be 91 this year, I understand, and he is very frail,” the San Fernando Mayor said.  “Why would anyone use this kind of force?  If even you want to rob him, why you want to use that kind of physical force and damage him?”

Mayor Regrello said if Torrance Mohammed passes, the country will be losing another hero and trailblazer.

“And somebody who contributed immensely to the development of the arts in San Fernando,” he added. “His role in the drama festival, his role in the arts council and more importantly, for the Arawaks Dance Group, and the Creative Arts Centre on Circular Road.”

The mayor said the Corporation had received correspondence from several stakeholders asking that they do something to honour Mohammed, and they were moved last month to rename the street at Naparima Bowl.

“We were waiting on the ease up of COVID and the SOE to do the installation of the street sign. He is aware of it. I spoke to him he was very happy, very pleased to know that we acknowledged him in that respect,” Mayor Regrello reported.

“Quite a few persons who passed through Arawaks and are involved in the arts endorsed that move and made the recommendation and are in favour of that street being named after him,” he said.

He added that last year, Mohammed also was honoured in the Declaration of the Year of the Arts with an award and a cheque for his contribution. He explained that the City Corporation had declared November 2020 to this November to be the Year of the Arts and is honouring several people for their contribution.

In light of the current situation with unemployment, the mayor pointed out that some people will become more desperate, so people will have to be more vigilant when they go about their business.

“There are a lot of desperate people out there,” he said.  “There are a lot of hungry people out there as well.”

Up to a while ago, police had had no official report of the attack.