Cabinet Secretary and Secretary of the Defence Board, Dr. Roger Luncheon, has said that he is expecting a report on the alleged torture of a West Ruimveldt man at the hands of members of the Guyana Defence Force.
Dr Luncheon made the announcement yesterday at his weekly press briefing when he was asked about the issue by reporters.
On Sunday, Troy Small, called Cats, was allegedly abducted by ranks of the GDF, and with half of his body hanging out of a car he was dragged for several miles from Mandela Avenue to the Le Repentir Cemetery where he was beaten with a hammer.
According to Dr. Luncheon the issue was raised at a very important meeting and he was assured that a report would be provided as to the details of the allegations and findings.
“I await that report and I’m certain that you also will await the results of the report,” Dr. Luncheon told the media.
Since the incident was revealed by this newspaper both the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force have remained silent on the matter.
However some senior officials of the police force have laid the blame squarely at the feet of the GDF, insisting that the army has no powers of arrest.
He declined to indicate if there is the likelihood of abduction charges once the perpetrators are identified.
The secretary to the Defence Board, Dr. Luncheon, said that there appears to be some confusion as to exactly what he controls and dictates, with regards to knowledge of the incident.
And in an invited comment yesterday GTUC General Secretary, Norris Witter said that all the men and women in uniform ought not to be held responsible for the deeds of those who are in the upper echelons of the security institutions.
Small, the brutalized man, told the media on Wednesday that he begged for his life. He said that he told the men who abducted him that he had a child to live for.
He was eventually taken to a house where the bag was removed from his head and he observed several men.
“A man tell dem wha bring me, ‘Y’all gone gat fuh carry dis man to de station and tell dem dat he and two man had a fight’ and that is how I get these injuries,” Small told this newspaper.
He said that that was the eventual report that the men gave to the police when he was finally taken to the police station.
This newspaper understands that Small was first taken to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department and then to the Brickdam Police Station.
However, officials at the latter refused to accept him in the condition he was taken there. He was eventually dumped at the Alberttown Police Station where he stayed until his eventual release.
On Wednesday, when this newspaper turned up at the Alberttown Police Station, Small was still lying on the bench although ranks there indicated that the man had been sent away.
Reporters from this newspaper and other media houses did not buy that and waited outside the station for several hours as the police played cat and mouse with the man’s release.
Family members are upset that Small was kept in that condition at the station for so long. They said that had it not been for the media small may have been kept in custody until he could walk before he was released.
One family member even disclosed that the police had informed her not to engage the media.
Meanwhile, the badly injured Small who was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Wednesday afternoon around 17:45 hours. He remained there untreated for three hours until his relatives took him away.
A relative told this newspaper that they had resorted to treating his injuries at home.
This newspaper understands that Small was taken to a private hospital where an X-ray was done on his ankles to determine if he has suffered any fracture.
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