out for help…
Best Village under siege by marauding gangs
Villagers say they are a forgotten people
By Parvati Persaud-Edwards
THE unbearable, daily scourge of thefts, brutal
attacks that traumatize and injure – with no
recourse to justice, nor any expectations of help,
is the refrain heard from almost every villager in
the ironically-named Best Village – which is a
complete misnomer, given the extant dynamics that
are creating a hell out of what was once a haven.
This victim was mercilessly
beaten by members of the
cutlass wielding gang
on Monday evening as he was walking along Best road
(near the cemetery).
tell horror stories of instances of brutal assault
and robbery in bright daylight on the lonely stretch
of road where the victims are beaten and left to
die, of vehicular damage and theft, of home
invasions. The list is endless. The attacks are
increasing – and the terror is boundless.
terror is boundless because the residents say they
receive no co-operation from the authorities or the
visited the area after numerous reports but the
residents are so terrified they were hesitant to
talk. Only a few persons ventured information on the
traumatic occurrences that receive no attention from
persons in authority who are mandated to address
these matters before they reach tragic proportions.
Best Village Road extends from the West Demerara
Regional Hospital through approximately 800 metres
of highly vegetative, almost forested area. There is
a small, very overgrown cemetery with an access way
leading to the squatting area behind the village.
stretch of road is highly-dangerous, because it gets
dark very early as the sun is blocked out by the
vegetation. This, coupled with no street-lights
creates a haven for bandits, who hide in the bushes,
then pounce on vulnerable victims, with the greatest
confidence that they would not be caught.
is a robbery committed with impunity every day or
night, and although the victims have identified the
perpetrators many times, there are never any
villagers cited instances where robberies occur
right opposite, or in very close proximity to the
police station, where the police took no action,
resulting in the thieves getting cleanly away.
said the police do not take statements most times,
and if they do they do not investigate the crime.
claim that even while the police are pretending that
they cannot find the known perpetrators, most of
whom they are familiar with, the miscreants traverse
openly in front the police station, which leaves the
victims fearful for their lives, because of the
implications of these actions, or inaction, by the
mavericks in the police force, whose ‘runnings’
might be cut with this expose.
TO HELL’: High
forested-like bushes, potholes the size of craters,
no street-lights. This is BEST road!
bandits do not only rob, but there are reports of
sexual molestations as well.
claimed that one particular bandit is believed to be
afflicted with HIV/AIDS and he claims that he is
already under a death sentence and is therefore not
afraid of the bullet.
known perpetrator by the nickname of “Curry” is
currently in custody for carnal knowledge at the Den
Amstel Police Station and the villagers are praying
that he would never be released.
residents say that they dread the rainy weather,
because the sound of the rain drowns the sound of
the marauders as they pillage the property of the
villagers, especially as they scaled fences and
break into vehicles.
and egress to and from Best Village is so dangerous,
and the roads are so full of crater-like potholes,
that they cannot prevail on taxi drivers to provide
service to their community.
for help to the NDC, according to the besieged
residents, have proven futile. They say that they
have even offered to purchase the street lights to
be installed along the dangerous road, but to no
are requesting, as a matter of priority, that the
vegetation be removed, that the squatting area be
sanitized, that the water provision be improved,
that streetlights be installed, that the road be
repaired, and, more important than all, that there
be frequent police patrols in their community, and
along the dangerous stretch of road.
by Chronicle to elicit a response from officials in
the Klein-Pouderoyen/Best NDC to these concerns
Region 3 Chairman, Julius Faerber, said that
community-development projects have been identified
and are soon to come on stream. These will be done
under the GOG/IDB-funded Community Transformation
Programme, which has been in the pipeline for a
while, but which will soon fructify with initial
residents claimed they have been hearing about these
developments coming but always end up being
say that they would be happy when this development
fructifies and they hope that this intervention
would start the process of restoring their village
once more to a haven – not for criminals, but for
members of the community.
August 06, 2009