The body of a 61-year-old citrus farmer, with hands bound and stab wounds to the chest, was found yesterday in his yard at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara.
The victim, Bhim Narine Ramanand, was found lying at the southern side of his yard. The farmer’s killers had used the victim’s shirt to tie his hands above his head.
Ramanand lived alone at his Lot 1 Garden of Eden home.
Police said that the victim’s licensed shotgun and a grass-cutting machine were missing.
Though the police have not arrested anyone, persons close to the deceased spoke of an individual that might have wanted to harm Ramanand.
The individual supposedly owes Ramanand a substantial sum of money.
A maintenance man made the gruesome discovery at around 08:30 hrs.
According to him, he entered the yard to clean the surroundings for new tenants that Ramanand was expecting.
Noticing that Ramanand had not come out to greet his new tenants, the labourer began calling for him. After getting no reply, he decided to search the compound and there he made the gruesome find.
The area where the corpse was found is blocked off from public view.
The victim reared a number of dogs.
A neighbour, who shared family-like relations with the farmer, related that Saturday night between 22:00 hrs and 23:00 hrs, she heard four gunshots near the slain man’s residence. However, she did not think that anything was amiss because the farmer’s dogs did not bark. She opined that the animals are familiar with whoever murdered Ramanand.
The police in a release stated Ramanand’s home was found broken into “and his licensed shotgun and a grass cutting machine are believed to have been stolen.”
According to a police source, Ramanand was last seen drinking at his residence with three acquaintances. Investigators have not yet located the individuals.
Meanwhile, Ramanand’s new tenants, who were expected to sign their contract with him, are now having second thoughts about living there.
They were expected to conduct a prayer service yesterday at the premises but were greeted with their landlord’s death. They are fearful that a similar fate may be meted out to them.
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