A mother and her teenaged son were
beaten, terrorised and robbed Monday night when four gunmen invaded
their Wallers Delight, West Coast Demerara home.
Surjaptti Dhanchan called 'Savo', 41,
and her 14-year-old son Munesh were treated for wounds on the face,
head and back at the West Demerara Regional Hospital and sent home.
gunmen carted off more than G$100,000, US$1,000, two diamond rings
and two pairs of sneakers from the Lot 25 Wallers Delight home in an
ordeal which lasted 15 minutes.
daughter Nandanie said the family operates the Savo Flat Shop which
sells grocery and alcoholic beverages.
said that around 20:00 h, her mother was in the shop locking up and
her brother cleaning up outside when two of the men entered the shop
and ordered Guinness. One remained inside while the other went out
on the road.
to Nandanie, after a few minutes, the other man returned to the
shop, holding her brother with a gun in his mouth.
The other man, she said, then grabbed
her mother's hand through the window from which groceries are handed
to customers, and demanded that she open the door leading into the
However, before her mother could
respond, two other men appeared and kicked open the front door and
took them into the house.
man who does handy work around the area and was helping her brother
clean at the time was also taken into the house, Nandanie said.
inside, one of the gunmen rummaged through the wardrobe and took out
a sari and tied it over the handyman's eyes and ordered him to lie
on the bed.
gunmen then began beating the two and demanding money. The woman
said her mother handed over a bag containing $150,000 but the men
still wanted more.
They then took two rings she was
wearing, $15,000 from Munesh's pocket, two pairs of his sneakers and
According to Nandanie, while in the
house, one of the gunmen called someone on his cellular phone and
demanded to be picked up because they were finished.
traumatized Surjaptti said that when the man went into the shop, he
demanded money and said that it could either be a robbery or a
murder. The woman said that she then began to tremble and was forced
to follow the gunman's orders.
said that it will be difficult to restart her business since she is
out of money.
men also ransacked the shop, took about $35,000, fired three shots
in the air and fled in a waiting white car which was parked across
August 24, 2006