Former Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, has called for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to utilize the
live feed from the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) link between the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) to uncover what happened to Assistant Police Commissioner, Balram Persaud.
During a press conference at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Headquarters, yesterday, Rohee posited that Balram Persaud was number two in the police force at the time of his accident.
The General Secretary also spoke of a “toss up” in the hierarchy of the force.
Rohee expressed concern that Persaud may have been a victim of an assassination attempt. He was also adamant that there are reports suggesting that the accident occurred on the bridge.
“I hope that the wireless link that exists between the Harbour Bridge and CID will give us a true picture of what happened,” he said. “Now is the time; now we have a good occasion. I am concerned. I’m hearing things about a blow out; I don’t know if the man or his tyre was shot at, but I am insisting the footage ought to be shown on the local television.”
Despite the many reports that the accident occurred along the West Bank Demerara (WBD) road close to Dairy, West Bank Demerara (WCD), and not on the bridge or in the vicinity of the bridge, Rohee insisted that the accident occurred in the cameras’ range.
“There is a report that the incident took place on the bridge,” Rohee said. “There is another report that it took place in the vicinity of the bridge. I am saying that the CCTV coverage and the information are being withheld about what really happened. We want to see the movement of what took place second by second.”
If indeed the accident did occur on the Bridge the CID would have witnessed the accident in real time. The fact that the police are questioning people at the accident scene tells the story.
Kaieteur News understands that as of yesterday, the Assistant Commissioner was communicating with his friends, colleagues and family members.
At the time of the accident, Persaud was heading to the city along the West Bank Demerara road close to Dairy, West Bank Demerara (WCD) when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a utility pole.
This occurred some time after 23:00 hrs last Friday. There are reports that the Assistant Commissioner was heading to Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) social at the Gravity Night Club when the accident occurred.
The CCTV live feed alluded to by Rohee refers to the connection with cameras strategically placed on the Harbour Bridge. Officially introduced last month, the connection is said to cost $3M and can monitor law breakers traversing the bridge.
The video footage from these cameras has been used as evidence whenever intelligence was needed, even helping in identifying the suspect in a recent murder on the bridge.
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