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Feb 04, 2015 News
An investigation has been launched after a robbery of three mining workers last Sunday morning by persons dressed as police ranks.
The armed men reportedly escaped with 17 ounces of gold after tying up their victims in a lonely trail along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.
The incident has now reportedly prompted miners to increase security measures.
According to reports, the miners had left their camp in the interior a few hours before with the week’s takings. In the vicinity of Loo Lands, along the highway, they were stopped at what appeared to be a police roadblock. It was about 10:00 hrs.
A man was standing in the middle of the road with a long gun, while there were other men in the corner wearing what appeared to be police uniforms. The men signaled the vehicle into the corner of the road.
According to police sources, the armed men told the mining workers that they were searching for arms and ammunition. After searching the vehicle, the ‘policemen’ said that they wanted to conduct a more detailed search and were taking the pickup to the police station.
Instead, the men under the watchful eye of the gunmen, were taken along a deserted trail where they were tied up. The perpetrators punctured the wheels of the pickup and took away the workers’ driver’s licences and identification. The gold was also taken.
According a police source, the workers were threatened and warned not to report the matter to the police, since the gunmen were aware of where they lived and other details.
The ‘policemen’ left in a car and the men managed to free themselves.
A report was said to have been made to the police and a number of ranks were sent from the city.
Kaieteur News was told that at least one of the workers is refusing to return to work because of the traumatizing experience.
Police sources who spoke to Kaieteur News were unable to say whether any police patrols were stationed at the location at the time of the attack.
Some sources pointed to similarities in this incident and the August 2014 abduction of a Timehri-bound couple and a taxi driver near Land of Canaan, East Bank of Demerara.
Latchmin and Lekraj Gopaul, along with taxi driver Parmamand Teekaram, were tied up and robbed of millions at Yarrowkabra, on the Soesdyke/Linden highway, after being abducted by two armed men who were wearing police uniforms. The victims were stopped at a ‘road block’ near Land of Canaan, on the East Bank Demerara public road.
Teekaram, the driver, alleged that one of the men had a handgun and was dressed in blue police attire, while the other carried a ‘long gun’ and wore the clothing of a ‘black clothes’ rank.
The highway and the East Bank Demerara roadway have come under bad press coverage in recent times after visitors and persons on the way to the Timehri airport reported that they were robbed.
Police had managed to crack one gang that had links to former ranks.
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