Family of missing Canal man offering $100,000 to help find him

Missing: Lalbachan Bhagwandat

The family of a missing fisherman is offering a reward of $100,000 to anyone who might have information about his whereabouts.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lalbachan Bhagwandat, also called “Jagan” of Lot 11 North Section, Canal Polder Number Two, West Bank Demerara (WBD), went missing on April 17 around 22:30h.

Yaswanti Bhagwandat, the man’s sister, told Inews that family members were at an aunt’s home when he began having delusions that someone wanted to kill him.

“He said he was hearing voices inside of his head; in his head he was hearing these people planning to kill him. He was asking us if we were hearing the voices … he even said he was seeing people with guns and cutlasses,” she said.

She added that her brother ran out of the house and into the backlands. He was never seen again.

Other relatives ran after him, but they were unable to keep up.

His sister added that this is the second time in years that her brother complained of hearing voices, but previously it had never reached this extent.

Since Bhagwandat’s disappearance, his family has repeatedly looked for him but in vain.

Searches were conducted in the backlands, Conservancy Dam and neighbouring villages such as Wales, Uitvlugt, Zeeburg, Parika, and on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD); a search was even done as far away as Bartica.

Police told Inews that they were still making regular checks and were still unable to obtain information about Bhagwandat’s whereabouts.

Bhagwandat was last seen wearing a dark-blue jersey with black trousers and a black and grey striped hat. His sister said that he has a tattoo on his face, with others on his arms, neck, back, and abdomen.

Anyone who may have seen Bhagwandat is asked to contact his family on 630-5006 or the nearest Police Station.