detain four, vow to break
have detained four men and are hunting for others in connection
with the murder of 49- yr- old, Hansraj Samaroo,
was shot by bandits who
invaded his squatting area home
at Hampshire, Corentyne on Saturday night.
called ‘Buddy’, ‘Long Hair’ or ‘Watermelon Man’, was
shot in the groin and died at around 13:30 hrs at the Georgetown
Public Hospital Corporation despite an eight-hour operation to
save his life.
gunmen also beat Samaroo’s 45-year-old wife, Kumarie Samaroo,
before fleeing with $800,000 that they had taken from a wardrobe
and $20,000 that they had taken from Samaroo’s pockets after
Commander of ‘B’ Division, Assistant Commissioner, Steven
Merai and other officials told Kaieteur News yesterday that the
police are making a special effort to catch the perpetrators.
believe that the six gunmen who invaded Samaroo’s home are
also responsible for about five
recent robberies in the Hampshire and Port Mourant areas.
“We are going to catch these guys and bring this gang to its
knees”, one of the officers said.
Merai disclosed that four suspects have been detained. The
Commander gave the assurance that the police will not rest until
the bandits are captured and the community is safe.
Recounting the ordeal yesterday, the victim’s wife, Kumarie
Samaroo, called Leila, said that she was in the bottom flat at
around 19:30 hrs on Saturday when a man who was wearing a hat
and had a handkerchief tied over his face suddenly appeared in
front of her.
The woman said that the bandit pointed a handgun at her and
ordered her to be silent.
He then ordered her to lie on the floor and take off all her
jewellery and at the same time demanded her money.
house where Samaroo and his family resided
Mrs. Samaroo said she started to shout, and the bandit began to
beat her as he struggled to take off her jewellery.
She said that two other men made their way upstairs to her
Mrs. Samaroo said that shortly after, she heard a gunshot.
According to the woman, she ran upstairs and saw her husband
lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
One of the robbers began to beat her again
while demanding money.
She said that she told them to check in her husband’s pockets,
in which they found about $20,000.
But the bandits continued to beat her while demanding more
money. They then broke open
the wardrobe in which the found about $800,000.
The bandits then retreated, scaling the fence and disappearing
into the back lands.
Mr. Samaroo’s eldest son, Ramnarine, said that he was at his
house next door when the bandits exited his father’s home.
The son and several residents started to give chase, but were
forced to retreat when the bandits fired several shots at them.
Meanwhile, the wounded vendor was rushed to the New Amsterdam
Hospital. He was then transferred to the Georgetown Hospital,
where doctors performed emergency surgery to save his life.
Another son, Samuel Samaroo, a foreman at the Guysuco estate,
told Kaieteur News he had just left home and heard the gunshots.
He subsequently received a phone call ‘not to go home because
bandits are in their house’. But he hurried home only to be
confronted with the sight of his father lying on the ground in a
pool of blood.
His father was on life support and died around 13:30 hrs
Apart from the two sons, the couple has two daughters. Ruth
Samaroo, 25, lives in Trinidad and seven-year-old Alyah.
Monday, March 29, 2010