Two persons are dead and three seriously wounded after they were reportedly ambushed on their way out of the Port Mourant Follow-Up Co-op backdam, some 15 miles from the Corentyne Public Road.
Dead are Krisnauth Jagdeo called ‘Kris’, 46, a labourer of Free Yard, Port Mourant who lives alone, and Seafiel Layne, 48, a father of five and a labourer, of No 1 road Corentyne, Berbice.
Injured are David Harpaul, 38, a father of two and a labourer of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice, Clement Griffith, 48, a father of four and also a labourer of Ankerville, Corentyne Berbice and Fazel Abrahim, 25, a Mechanic of Port Mourant and Black Bush, Corentyne, Berbice.
Although information was sketchy, Kaieteur News learnt that the men were on their way home in a boat from the backdam when they were ambushed by two men, one on horseback and another hiding in the bushes.
The Port Mourant Follow-Up is a co-op and three popular businessmen Kris Jagdeo, Kase ‘Manoj’ Singh of Spready’s Bakery and Pharmacist Poonai Bhirgoon, are among others doing massive cultivation of rice in the area which is situated behind the GuySuco cultivation aback of Port Mourant.
Access is via the dam and boat, and the men would have had to travel by speedboat through the GuySuCo Cultivation. The two deceased had worked for Kris Jagdeo, while the three injured are employed with Singh (Spready’s).
The men had finished working and were on their way home in a 14-ft. boat powered by a 15 HP engine, when they were ambushed and shot at reportedly with shotguns by two men.
David Harpaul, the boat captain, was reportedly shot in the right side. He telephoned Poonai Bhirgoon and informed him what was going on. Though injured, he still managed to drive the boat for 2 ½ miles, before they were able to board their jeep. Harpaul drove for another two miles through the rough dam, before he eventually stopped the vehicle and lost consciousness.
In the meantime, the owners and police were on their way to the backdam and met the wounded Haripaul and Clement Griffith. They were immediately transported to the Port Mourant Hospital. Police went back with the boat into the cultivation where they rescued Abrahim who was brought out to an ambulance which was on its way down with medical personnel.
He was immediately rushed to the hospital. The police eventually found the two dead men in the backlands. Jagdeo was shot to the neck and Layne was shot to the temple.
The injured men were first taken to the Port Mourant Hospital and later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where they underwent emergency surgery. Abrahim was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Hospital.
At the New Amsterdam hospital, a large crowd gathered. The owners – Jagdeo, Singh and Poonai – were there along with Regional Chairman David Armagon, Chairman of the Co-op Chattergoon Ramnauth and Medical Superintendent Dr Vishaul Sharma.
Police have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators as the investigation continues.
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