DPP orders Inquest into death of Balram Persaud

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By Kristen Macklingam

Three months after the death of late Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Balram Persaud, questions continue to surface and doubts continue to be bred about the details leading up to the man’s tragic accident.

Assistant Police Commissioner Balram Persaud
Late Assistant Police Commissioner, Balram Persaud

In light of this an inquest into the matter has been ordered by Director of Public Prosecution Shalimar Ali-Hack and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been advised to proceed accordingly.

A mere two days after ACP Persaud succumbed to injuries he sustained in the accident reports spread like wildfire  that another person had been in the Officer’s vehicle before it slammed into a utility pole.

Initially it was stated that Persaud was driving his car when the tragedy took place but reports  are that there was a female junior police rank in Persaud’s car and it is unclear as to whether or not she was the one driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Traffic Chief Deon Moore at that time had told INews that it was circulating that there was another person in the ACP’s car when the unfortunate incident occurred.

However, he stated that the first traffic ranks who arrived at the scene of the accident said that there was no one else inside of the mangled vehicle.

According to the Traffic Chief, the police rushed ACP Persaud to the hospital for emergency medical attention and were unable to question him as to what had transpired or receive a statement since he was in a critical condition.

INews understands from the moment Persaud was hospitalised until the time of his death he could not have divulged any information to any officer about the accident because of the state he was in.

He eventually lost the battle for his life,  just months before his retirement which was slated for August this year.

Meanwhile, other rumours are that ACP Persaud was killed intentionally on that fateful night and that the incident which took place was far from an “accident”.

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