Farmer Chopped to Dead, Father Critical


Following Attack By Another Farmer in Dispute Over Land

GUYANA — A Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara farmer is now dead and his father hospitalized following a brutal attack by a fellow villager, following a dispute over a piece of Government land in the village.

The killer, who was reportedly drunk at the time of the attack, is also wounded. He was treated and discharged into police custody.

The fatal brawl took place last Sunday.

Dead is 31-year-old Harrrynarine Ramawaj. His father Chatterpaul Ramawaj, 59, has been hospitalised. The suspect, 43-year old Ramesh “Khan” Persaud of Long Dam, Cane Grove received minor injuries, according to reports.

East Coast Demerara Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent Calvin Brutus, was reported by Demerara Waves Online News as saying that Persaud passed by Harrrynarine and Chatterpaul earlier in the day that Sunday and threatened to kill them.

Brutus was reported as telling the news agency that hours after that threat was reported to police, the father and his son received information that the man was chopping their banana suckers and other cash crops. Armed with a pitch-fork, Chatterpaul Ramawaj confronted the man during which he and his son were chopped.

“The deceased and his father plant a dam, a government reserve, for a number of years and the suspect wanted to take piece of it. (He) threatened them earlier in the day to chop them up and kill them,” the Divisional Commander was quoted by Demerara Waves Online News as saying.

The two long-time occupants of the land were rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where Harrrynarine succumbed to his injuries and the father was admitted.

Police have since arrested Persaud who sustained injuries to his chest and abdomen. In a “highly intoxicated” state, Demerara Waves reported, he was taken to the Mahaicony Hospital where he received treatment and was sent away in the custody of police.