Two more persons have been taken into custody, bringing the number to three, as police intensify their investigations into the brutal murder of Crown Dam, Industry, East Coast Demerara businessman, Bedi Ramjewan.
They also reported that they had found the black bag that was taken from Ramjewan when the gunmen attacked him.
The 40-year-old businessman was shot in the chest, and beaten in the head with a helmet, after he was cornered near his home by two men on a motorcycle. Ramjewan had left a commercial bank in the city, moments before the incident occurred.
One senior official disclosed that the two persons were arrested in Georgetown yesterday morning. Further this newspaper was told that one of the suspects was recently released from prison.
Kaieteur News understands that the suspect was charged in connection with a robbery under arms and discharging a loaded firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The matter against the suspect was recently dismissed after the prosecution could not prove a case against him. Investigators have reportedly also impounded a motorcycle that they suspect the gunmen used.
Yesterday the police also questioned the three and then questioned three neighbours.
Meanwhile when this newspaper contacted relatives yesterday they were still trying to come to grips with the sudden loss.
“I would always hear people say whenever it hits home it hits hard…..but I never imagined this would have happened to someone in my family,” a female relative reflected.
Another called for increased security at banks and other financial institutions.
An ardent softball lover, Ramjewan succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital about one hour after being taken there on Wednesday.
After leaving the bank, Ramjewan was heading home in his vehicle, PLL 1817, and had reached the junction of Crown Dam and the Railway Embankment, when two men on a motorcycle blocked his path.
An eyewitness recalled seeing the two gunmen at the entrance to Crown Dam.
According to the eyewitness, one of the men was armed with a handgun.
“The one with the handgun jumped off the bike and started approaching Ramjewan’s vehicle,” the eyewitness added.
The bandit went to the driver’s side of the vehicle and began hitting Ramjewan in the head with his helmet. Ramjewan attempted to drive off, but ended up in a nearby trench.
Unconfirmed reports had suggested that the bandits managed to grab a black bag from the vehicle before fleeing.
Krishandat Manickchand, an uncle of the slain man, had expressed the view that if his nephew had been granted his firearm licence he might have been able to defend himself.
According to the uncle, his nephew had applied for his firearm licence but was never granted one.
Manickchand stated that authorities should put better policies in place for businessmen who request gun licences.
“I can’t see how it is so difficult for a businessman to get a firearm and bandits getting so many guns to rob innocent and hard working people.”
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