Emerging evidence in the torture of a teenaged boy by police on the West Coast of Demerara is pointing to attempts at a cover-up on the part of senior police officials in the division.
Reports reaching Kaieteur News indicate that senior officials were aware that the lad was injured and was languishing in the Leonora Police Station lock-ups.
The teenaged boy, who was detained in the probe of the murder of former senior region three official, Ramnauth Bisram, had a flammable liquid poured on his lower torso and set alight, causing severe burns to his genitals among other body parts.
The injured teen was left in the lock-ups for three days without medical attention, and it was only after this newspaper highlighted the issue that he was taken to the hospital.
According to senior officials at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, there was no way that senior officials at the Leonora Police Station could not have been aware of the plight of the young man.
This newspaper was told that persons in the immediate vicinity of the interrogation room heard the screams of the young man.
According to one senior official, since the injured teenager was in the lock-up for days, ranks at the station including senior officers were bound to know of his condition.
Police standard procedure requires all ranks at the changing of every shift to examine all prisoners in custody.
“The beating took place at Leonora where all the senior officers in the division were. The Commander, Deputy Commander and the District Detective Officer are stationed there. How did they not know? These people were all there and questions were supposed to be asked,” a senior officer explained.
He added that the fact that the media were locked out of the Wales Police Station during the arraignment of one of the suspects is testimony to the fact that there was an attempt to hide what had taken place.
Family members who had inquired about the teen’s whereabouts were also misled.
They were pointed to several locations and even attorneys for the suspects were denied the right to speak to their client much less see them.
In a full-page advertisement published in this newspaper, the attorneys pointed out that Article 141 of the constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana states that any person who is arrested or detained shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable of the reasons for his arrest or detention and shall be permitted, at his own expense, to retain and instruct without delay a legal adviser of his own choice.
Two detectives who have been fingered in the torture are under close arrest.
Police in a press release stated that former Crime Chief, Heeralall Mackhanlall, is heading a team to investigate the atrocities meted out to the teenager.
Meanwhile, the police are also investigating how this newspaper obtained the graphic photograph of the injured teenager.
Kaieteur News understands that two ranks have been placed under close arrest as investigators attempt to ascertain who facilitated the taking of the photograph.
“Why focus now on how the newspaper got the photograph?” a senior officer questioned.
Opposition Leader, Robert Corbin, in a television presentation yesterday commended the police who were responsible for bringing the matter to the attention of the media.
“Obviously there are police ranks who don’t condone this type of activity,” the Opposition Leader said.
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