The Crime situation in Berbice and Guyana as a whole is out of control, and the law enforcement authorities must pursue the ruthless criminals carrying out these activities instead of going after law-abiding citizens, this is the view of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) in Berbice.
In a media statement issued this morning, the CCCC noted that hardworking citizens are killed in their homes without seemingly any protection from the authorities, “while the Minister of Public Security and the government as a whole, seem impotent to arrest the situation”.
“It is indeed a travesty that the army intelligence officers are pursuing law abiding citizens in movie type chases instead of these criminals. Let the army put under surveillance known criminals and help the police to bring some semblance of order to this country”, the statement added.
Yesterday, former beauty queen Alana Seebarran, in a statement to the Guyana Police Force (GPF), outlined her shocking and harrowing experience of being mistakenly pursued by car during a high-speed chase through the streets of Georgetown by the now dead army intelligence officer, Robert Pyle.
Inews obtained a copy of the statement that Alana gave to the police, the full (unedited) version of which has been published on this site.
It should be noted that Alana Seebarran is the wife of opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-Law, Charles Ramson Jnr.
In her statement to the Police Criminal Investigation Department, Alana recalled that on the evening of December 30, she and her brother Raymond Seebaran visited her Lot 116-117 Cowan Street, Kingston home to pick up supplies for her young baby, when the ordeal began unfolding.
She said upon arrival at her home about 20:30hrs there was no vehicle or persons in the vicinity, but upon exit she observed two men in the middle of the road, dressed in plain clothes and looking in the direction of her home.
The former Miss India Worldwide said she became nervous and she along with her brother proceeded quickly to lock the gate and headed to their vehicle, when one of the men on his cellular phone was saying, “they coming out now… they coming out now”.
Alana said as they approached their vehicle, one of the men who remains unknown to them said, “can I have a minute of your time?”
The mother of a young daughter said she became very concerned and nervous and urged her brother to enter the vehicle to which he complied.
She explained that the man walked towards the passenger side where she was seated and signalled her to lower the window. Her brother then lowered the window about two inches.
“The man did not show us any form of identification but mumbled he was from the Special Crime Organisation and that ‘we need you to wait… our boss is on his way.’ I became very scared as the man had no uniform, never stated his name nor did he show us any identification, so I told my brother to drive away,” Seebaran told investigators in her statement.
She noted, however, that her brother faced some difficulties in driving off as a white car came close behind theirs in an attempt to cut them off, but they eventually managed to elude the men and drove west on Cowan Street, by which time a silver car came into their path forcing them to stop.
“A man came out of the silver car and started to shout at us and bang on our vehicle’s bonnet with his hands. I started to scream for my brother to drive away and he found a small pathway between the trench on the southern side of the street and the parked silver car and drove away heading west on Cowan Street,” the young woman recalled.
She said fearful for their lives her brother began speeding as the two vehicles continued to follow them.
Alana recalled that as they proceeded east along Carifesta Avenue the two cars were still trailing their vehicle and she contacted her father via telephone who advised that they drive to Kitty Police Station.
She recalled that the white car at one point pulled alongside theirs in an attempt to cut them off, but was forced to abandon the manoeuver since there was another vehicle just in front of them.
“After we passed the car which was immediately in front of us, the white car moved towards the southern side of the carriageway and drove alongside us when I felt an impact on our vehicle in the vicinity of the right front wheel area and observed that the white vehicle then careened on the southern side of the carriageway when I heard what sounded like a loud collision. I was still scared and told brother not to stop and that we must go right away to the Kitty Police Station as my father suggested.”
The woman said they drove to the Kitty Police Station but after telling ranks there of their ordeal they were advised to drive to Alberttown, since the incident occurred in that police district.
Seebaran said while there a report was made and they were told by the ranks that “we were free to go home.”
Out of fear they asked that the sergeant escort them home, which he did.
Meanwhile, the CCCC is urging the Government to lobby for international assistance in the form of specialist personnel and modern technology in intelligence gathering and more advanced and innovative policing.
“We are not impressed by the President just dismissing the recent army action that resulted in three deaths, we need an explanation why ordinary citizens were treated in this manner, especially given what we experienced in the seventies and eighties coupled with a recent announcement of the resuscitating of the People’s Militia”, the statement added.
“We would like to remind the Minister of his many calls whilst in opposition for the resignation of the then minister of home affairs for situations exactly like what we are facing. Whilst we are not asking for him to resign, we are demanding that they go after these ruthless killers and let them feel the consequence of their actions. Go in the villages and towns and dismantle the local drug networks. We need results and not more plans from the Government.” urged the CCCC.