By Mondale Smith
The relatives of Tashmedaye Lall, the murdered Tuschen businessman, are saying that they have lost faith in the local security system and in the Guyana Police Force.
They are now begging any country outside of Guyana to accept them as migrants out of fear for their safety.
They are also calling on Police Commissioner Henry Greene to investigate the reason why their calls to 911 went unanswered on Wednesday night, minutes after the 28-year-old owner of Lall’s Guest House at 181 Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, was robbed before being shot dead.
An irate Eshwar Lall yesterday recalled that the handyman informed him that his brother was robbed and shot and he called 911 right away.
“I called between 20:30hrs and 20:45hrs from 269-0590 and it ring out. The handyman also called it from 611-6362, my brother’s number, as he lay dying on the floor and they ain’t answer till now.”
The dead man’s brother called from his Ruimzeigt home while maintenance man, John De La Cruz, called from the scene.
“We are selling out everything and we want any country to take us in. Any Caribbean or any other country, even Suriname if they will take us.”
Wednesday night two gunmen under the pretext of wanting a room at the Guest House, entered the premises, held-up, terrorised, demanded cash and fatally shot Lall in the presence of his maintenance man and his girlfriend.
Speaking for his family that operate other businesses, he also called on the business community to speak out on the issue as he says “it could have been you or your relative calling and getting no answer too.”
He stated that “we want to migrate to any country outside of Guyana that will offer us a chance to migrate because we don’t feel secure anymore.
“He questioned where is the tax payers’ money going when millions are paid every year?
He stated that his brother and his family pay taxes and opines, based on his family’s experience, that there is no security for taxpayers.
He said, too, that his family like others, is not satisfied with the police investigations so far. “They have no answers, they didn’t do any major search or cordon in the area when they arrived at the scene on Wednesday night. There was no road block even after the description of the men was given.”
His family, according to Lall, wants “residence in any Caribbean country because we have other businesses and we don’t feel safe here anymore. We will soon put everything on sale.”
He said, too, that since Minister Satyadeow Sawh died we were planning to sell out and move to India because since then we were worried about the security system.
Now more than ever they want to leave Guyana.
As if the family’s woes are not enough, the dead man was to be cremated, but because the Health Ministry was destroyed by fire, they cannot get the necessary papers to do so, “so we have to bury him instead. The funeral is set for Sunday”
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