Jul 31, 2008 News
Police at Vigilance on the East Coast of Demerara have detained three villagers from the Lusignan Squatting Area following the death of 57-year-old Niranjan who was brutally beaten Saturday night for his own bicycle.
Niranjan died Tuesday night at the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was receiving treatment for a punctured lung, three huge chops on his head and two to his jaw. He also suffered two broken hands and a broken leg.
Kaieteur News understands that thieves had broken into Niranjan’s home at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara and had stolen his bicycle and an all-purpose mill.
A few days later Niranjan saw a man with his bicycle and confronted him.
The man reportedly claimed that he had borrowed the bicycle and offered to take Niranjan to the person from whom he had borrowed the cycle.
When they approached the area, the suspected thief began screaming for, ‘Thief! Murder!’
This alerted several residents who came out armed with sticks and cutlass and attacked Niranjan.
The elderly man desperately tried to run away but fell down and was chopped several times about his body and beaten with sticks by the residents, who left him for dead.
When his relatives heard what had happened, they contacted the police and a patrol comprising soldiers and policemen responded.
According to relatives, the patrol picked up the badly injured man and instead of taking him to the hospital, dropped him off near his home and told the relatives to take him to the hospital.
“They tell we that is not their job,” a relative told this newspaper.
“Maybe if they had rushed him to the hospital, he might have been able to receive early emergency treatment,” the relative added.
Despite the efforts of doctors at the medical institution, Niranjan succumbed.
Police, acting on information received, subsequently detained three villagers and are expected to institute charges later.
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