Police at Vigilance on the East Coast of Demerara detained over 20 persons for questioning as they probe the murder of Suresh Bhola which occurred outside a popular bar in the village of Strathspey early yesterday morning.
By late yesterday however, only six men who were described as suspects remained in custody.
Bhola was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Hospital, around 00:15 hours.
He was picked up outside the bar bleeding from a wound to his abdomen, which he sustained during a brutal fight that had erupted among patrons of the bar.
Police in a press statement said that Suresh Bhola was found lying on an access road at Strathspey with a wound to his abdomen and was taken to the GPHC where he was pronounced dead.
No one knows for sure who inflicted the wound on Bhola, but according to eyewitnesses, the father of three was playing the role of peacemaker when he was stabbed.
When this newspaper visited the scene, outside the bar resembled a storm hit area, with broken bottles and pieces of wood strewn along the roadway.
Over at the dead man’s house, several persons gathered there to offer condolences to his wife Sharmilla and other relatives.
Sharmilla Bhola told this newspaper that her husband, a carpenter, left their home around 18:00 hours, saying that he was going out on the road and ended up at the popular bar which was being patronized by the usual weekend crowd.
She said that her husband would not normally visit the bar, which is just a stone’s throw from his home, but for some strange reason he was there “taking a drink with some friends”.
Several hours later, Sharmilla Bhola heard a big commotion coming from the direction of the bar.
“About 11 o’clock, people call awe and tell awe how he get stab and he dead.”
But by the time she and other relatives reached the scene, the badly injured man was already on his way to the hospital.
A bartender at the club, who did not want to be named, told Kaieteur News that it was he who rushed Bhola to the hospital after several persons called on him for assistance.
He told Kaieteur News that from his vantage point in the bar he could not see what exactly was taking place outside but he knew that several persons were engaged in a fight.
A source in the village where the incident occurred told this newspaper that the fighting stemmed from a row over a female employee of the establishment.
“Bottle been flying left right and centre and was everybody grabbing fuh something fuh defend themselves. When everything almost died down, we see de man (Bhola) lying down pon de road, he nah move,” one eyewitness told Kaieteur News.
Sharmilla Bhola could not offer much insight as to what led to her husband’s demise.
“Me hear dem say that they had a fight in de place and he come out fuh help part, and ma ain’t know how de boy get fu stab he,” she said.
Residents claimed that the assailants, some of whom are still being detained at the Vigilance Police Station, are from another village on the Lower East Coast of Demerara.
They said that during the melee, a few of the assailants managed to flee the scene while the others were held back until the police arrived to calm things down.
“Dem boys hold on pon three ah dem and beat dem, de rest run away. If dem boys didn’t hold on pon dem three all ah dem would ah get away,” a villager from Strathspey related.
The three men who were arrested at the scene were taken to the Georgetown Hospital for treatment to several wounds they received during the incident.
Investigators have not recovered any weapon that they suspect was used to stab Bhola but they hope that by the time their investigations are completed they will be able to ascertain who the killer is.
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