Gangs attack vehicles at Rockstone
- Joint Services arrest three
Joint Services ranks rushed to Rockstone, Upper Demerara, at around 18:00 hrs yesterday after armed men, apparently taking advantage of the unrest at Linden, carried out attacks on persons traversing the area.
A police release issued yesterday said that at about 18:00hrs yesterday, Joint Services ranks received reports that a group of men were attacking and robbing persons traversing the roadway at Rockstone, Upper Demerara River.
“A ditch had been dug across the road and vehicles were being pounced upon as they slowed down at that point,” the release said.
The Joint Services managed to arrest three men who were armed with cutlasses, but a number of other men managed to escape as the Joint Services ranks approached.
The three suspects are in police custody and charges will be laid shortly.
Criminal elements have been exploiting the protest action to attack and rob people entering and leaving Linden.
On Sunday, Mahdia businessman, David Adams, suffered losses after a truck laden with $4.5M in stocks was robbed by six men near Bamia, Linden.
Police later found the truck with more than half of the items missing on a trail along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway junction a few hours after it was reported missing.
Since the protest which began two Wednesdays ago, there have been reported robberies and of truckers being forced to pay over a fee to pass roadblocks manned by still unidentified men.
A key bridge at Kara Kara, Linden, had been blocked by protestors.
With Linden a critical artery that leads to interior mining and logging camps, and to neighbouring Brazil, the blocking of the bridge by protestors had badly affected activities.
Several banks in Linden are reportedly without cash and truckloads of logs are stuck in Kwakwani, Upper Berbice, Region Ten.
Government is to meet with opposition parties today in a continuing number of similar engagements to arrive at resolutions.