May 21, 2015 News
Pellets found inside body
Investigators have widened their probe into the brutal robbery/murder of overseas-based
Guyanese, Ramesh Puran, 49. Puran, a father of three and of Richmond Hill, New York, USA, was shot and chopped dead on the evening of Thursday May 14 at his Corentyne home.
The man had returned home on May 8, last, with his family to do some religious work, when four masked bandits armed with guns and cutlasses (three guns and one cutlass) attacked him and his family at their residence at 153 Belvedere Squatting Area, Corentyne, Berbice.
Puran who is a regular visitor to Guyana was at home around 21:15h when they were accosted by the bandits.
According to informed sources, investigators have widened their probe and have questioned a number of persons close to the family, as a lot of inside information is unfolding including some details on his financial transactions. Investigators are looking at a number of other issues as they seek to solve the murder.
Puran who was wearing several expensive pieces of gold jewelry, including rings, bands and chains, was attacked and robbed in the hallway in the upper flat of the house. He reportedly put up a fight and was shot and chopped.
According to sources he was shot from close range with what appears to be a shotgun. A number of pellets were removed from his body.
Two of the bandits had entered one of the bedrooms to attack the man’s niece, Tamarattie Seecharran, a housewife, who occupies the house with her husband, Dhanraj Narine and their 10-month-old baby.
The bandits sat on top of the woman while placing the cutlasses on her neck, threatening to slit her throat if she didn’t say where the US currency and jewelry were.
Her aunt, who was in her bedroom, opened the door and saw the men hacking away at Puran. The woman immediately closed the door, removed the louvers and jumped 25 feet to the ground, injuring her back in the process. She got up and fled in the muddy yard, screaming as she ran through the streets.
Neighbours heard the commotion and came out, but were first held at bay after the bandits discharged a round to keep them off.
While Puran was shot, Devika Ramotar who was the first to be attacked was also chopped twice in her head by the bandits after she started to scream for help.
She and Puran were picked up and rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital where Puran was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to relatives and neighbours, the police responded promptly, but by then the men had already left. The ordeal lasted about five minutes.
In the meanwhile, a post mortem examination conducted on Puran’s body on Monday at the Port Mourant Hospital by Dr. Vivikanand Brijmohan, revealed that he died from shock and haemorrhage due to gunshot injuries.
A man who would frequent the house and a number of others have been held for questioning.
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