The body of a 55-year old man was found on Saturday on an Abary Creek rice farm that is at the centre of a dispute over ownership.
Trivowan Singh’s body was discovered at around 13:30 hrs by his boss, Kumar Latchman, who went to visit him at the rice farm.
Singh’s body was discovered in a pile of bushes next to the trailer where he usually stays while checking on the rice field.
The slain man’s boss and another individual are embroiled in a dispute over land ownership.
Latchman stated that he used to work with the individual. He said that after the man migrated, he offered Singh a job, since they grew up together. He added that recently the man returned from overseas and was seen on numerous occasions on his rice land.
Latchman said his lease expired a few months ago and he applied for a new one.
“The man found out that my land lease had expired and he went behind my back and was able to acquire a one year permission to occupy the land.”
He added that a few months ago, the man started cultivating rice on the land.
He added that he and the man had an altercation. Latchman said that shortly after, someone slashed the tires on his tractors.
The matter was reported to the Mahaicony Police Station and police officers went and took photos of the tractors.
“The police are dragging their feet in this matter. I already made over ten complaints about this individual and they are not doing anything about it.”
Latchman said that Singh used to go fishing next to the land on which the man was given the one year permission to occupy. But, Latchman added, that Singh was warned not to fish near the land.
Latchman said that Singh would stay alone at the camp, since he was in charge of keeping the place clean and getting rid of stray animals.
“He always stays on the land to make sure no one ain’t trespass or remove stuff.
Latchman said that when he arrived at the Camp on Saturday, he saw the lifeless body of Singh in a clump of bushes near the land in dispute.
A post mortem examination will be conducted on Singh’s remains today.
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