She said the bandits followed her into
the room and while one apprehended her
husband, one held her and the other
ransacked the bedroom.
At the same time two other bandits were
outside tormenting the couple's three sons.
Mark Mohabir said he was half asleep when he
heard the dogs barking. He got out of bed
and was about to go outside when at the
bedroom door his eyes locked with one of the
According to Mark, once he screamed the
bandits seized him, went into the room and
collected his two other siblings and brought
them all out to lie face down on the floor.
They too were roughed up and Mark was
kicked on his mouth. His lips were swollen
when this newspaper visited.
Savitri said the three robbers severely
roughed her up and ordered her and her
husband around. "Whatever they told us
to do we did it and maybe that's why they
ain't shoot us," the woman said.
Asked about the bandits, the woman said
they did not appear to have had special
information on the family. She handed them
the cash which she estimated to be in the
region of $300,000.
She said the bandits carried out a
thorough search of all the rooms and picked
up most of the jewellery.
The bandits took two briefcases which
contained the family's travel documents.
They found four passports, one for Mohabir
and three for his sons, two of which have
ten-year US visas and the other two, two
years and five years.
"We don't really travel, but we had
plans going away to spend the holiday, but
look what happen now," Savitri said.
She said as soon as the bandits collected
the passports and were satisfied that they
were valid they abruptly ended their
operation and left. However, before one of
them went through the door he called on his
accomplices to kill Mohabir.
"Leh we kill this big man,"
Savitri quoted one of the bandits as saying.
With the order, one of them, who was
described as tall, slammed the businessman
in the nose with his gun.
The bandits then ran out the house,
locking the front door from outside and
escaped into thick bushes in the Hubu
backdam. Savitri admitted that they did not
call the police immediately as they were
traumatised and it was only after they
recovered that a call was made to the Parika
Police Station. She said the police response
time was good, but the access road slowed
Residents reacting to the robbery
complained that the area does not have
electricity or telephone service and with
the state of the road, life was very hard.
They all agreed however that yesterday's
robbery was the first in many years.