Dec 19, 2011 News
Residents of the usually quiet East Coast Demerara village of Unity, Mahaica woke up in shock yesterday morning to the discovery of the bound and gagged body of popular poultry farmer.
Seventy-two –year-old Ramlogan Singh called ‘Tun Tun’, was discovered lying face down on his bed in his home at Lot 10 President Street, Unity, at around 08:30 by his son, Surujballi Singh.
He was the victim of a robbery, which investigators believe took place around 03:00 hours on Sunday.
The victim, who had lived alone, was last seen alive by his grandson Naresh around 15:00 hours on Saturday.
Police have since detained three men from the Riverview, Mahaica area, after they received word that the suspects were seen acting suspiciously around the time that Singh was believed to have been slain.
Surujballi Singh, who lives in a house next door to his father, said that he was aroused by someone calling at his father’s gate to purchase chicken.
The visitor was a popular cricket commentator who buys his poultry from the elderly farmer, who lived alone.
“He came to buy four chickens and he keep calling, and he went upstairs and rap at the door and no answer,” Surujballi Singh told this newspaper.
He said when he looked over at his father’s, he noticed the door downstairs was wide open so he decided to go across, since this situation aroused great suspicion.
“When I go over, everything open. I go right upstairs, straight into the room and I discover he two hand tie at de back and he two foot tie too. He deh face down,” the dead man’s son told this newspaper.
According to Singh, blood was flowing from his father’s nostrils, and a piece of yellow cloth was tightly tied around his mouth.
“It tie very, very tight, so that could have locked off his blood vessel,” Singh suggested.
He said that the entire house was ransacked and there was evidence that the perpetrators gained entry by prizing open a bottom flat window.
“The box that he kept his money and so, they take out everything…jewellery, they gone with everything.”
No one recalled hearing any unusual noises and it has been suggested that the attack took place during a downpour early yesterday morning.
Singh laid the blame squarely on the prevalence of drug use in the community.
Police recovered pieces of items associated with drug use from the murder scene.
Singh disclosed that within recent times, there have been several burglaries and larcenies, leaving the normally peaceful community in a state of disquiet.
He is convinced that his father’s murder and the recent burglaries were the work of youths from the Mahaica Riverview area.
“They even went into an old lady shop and carry away everything. She wasn’t home at the time. But unfortunately my father was at home and he probably recognised them and they made sure he dead,” Surujballi Singh said.
According to Singh, during the recently held elections campaign, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who hails from the community, had expressed concern about the prevalence of drugs in his home village.
“He spoke to the Commander about it and it is the same situation and now it end up in murder,” an angry Singh told Kaieteur News.
He said that there is a particular gang in Mahaica that he believes is responsible but despite this information being fed to the police, nothing has been done.
Police investigators yesterday employed the use of tracker dogs but this proved ineffective since a number of persons had already converged on the scene after learning about the murder.
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