Police Divisional Commander, Clifton Hickens has categorically dismissed reports published in a section of the media earlier today that the owner of a dry goods store in Georgetown paid two persons to set the Gafoors Houston Complex bond on fire on October 10,2016. “Those reports are misleading…they are not authentic,” Hickens told INews in an invited comment.
The senior police officer made it clear that the information provided to the public by other media outlets is “not factual”.
“It’s just speculations, it’s not authentic,” he declared.
Last Monday, approximately 10 hours after the complete restoration of the company’s bond which was destroyed in the disastrous May, 2016 blaze, the Gafoors bond went up in flames once more.
The entity’s Cheif Executive Officer, Sattaur Gafoor had denied claims of being negligent in the repairs, adding that he had adhered to the recommendations provided by the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) after the first fire. It was also highlighted that after the bond was rebuilt, it was stocked with tiles, white cement and other non-combustible goods.
Just recently, Gafoor told media operatives that he had employed an overseas based detective to assist the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in their investigations of the fire. (Ramona Luthi)