The Guyana Police Force is mourning the loss of its Second in Command, Assistant Commissioner
Balram Persaud, who succumbed to injuries he sustained in a vehicular accident a little over two weeks ago.
Persaud breathed his last breath early yesterday morning at the Woodlands Hospital to where he was transferred after initially being hospitalised at the Balwant Singh Hospital. He was reportedly suffering from a damaged lung and several broken ribs.
His death yesterday came as a shock to many, since he was reportedly responding well to treatment days after he was admitted.
Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine confirmed Persaud’s death, informing that the force’s welfare officer is in communication with the now dead senior officer’s wife.
It is not too clear what prompted the move from the Balwant Singh Hospital to Woodlands, but according to a source, the request was made by the Assistant Commissioner’s close relatives.
On February 5, Persaud was driving along the Schoon Ord Public Road, West Bank Demerara, when he lost control of his car, which toppled several times before slamming into a utility pole.
The accident had sparked some controversy, with former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee suggesting an assassination attempt. This was categorically refuted by Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud who described Rohee’s statements as outrageous.
Balram Persaud’s death comes at a time when he was preparing to retire from the Guyana Police Force after 32 years of service. He had a break in service of a few years when he, along with two other persons, was charged with treason against the Desmond Hoyte-led People’s National Congress government.
The charges were dropped when the People’s Progressive Party Civic swept to power in 1992 and Persaud was reinstated as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
At the time of his death, he had risen through the ranks to head the Force’s Administration Department.
Balram Persaud is the second Assistant Commissioner of Police to die via vehicular accident on the West Demerara in a little over two years. In December 2013, Assistant Commissioner Derrick Josiah also succumbed several weeks after a crash. A year earlier former Police Commissioner Henry Greene also perished in a vehicular accident on the West Demerara.
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