Tameshwar Beekham, a self-professed A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) supporter, is currently under investigation by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) following reports of death threats on social media against the life of former President and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo and other parliamentarians of the People’s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/C).
Beekham took to his Facebook page and ranted over the idealisation of the APNU/AFC Government’s accomplishments and vision of former President LFS Burnham, and openly stated his intentions to target Freedom House and “murder” Jagdeo and the PPP/C.
“I will one day with my gang that I am equipping and training, will walk into Freedom House and murder Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPPC top brass,” Beekham wrote on his Facebook page. As a result, the PPP/C lodged a formal complaint about the matter with the GPF.
“Mr Tameshwar Beekham has posted death threats and physical violence against former Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon and others at Freedom House, headquarters of the PPP,” the Party said in a release after it had made the report.
The report was confirmed by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, who indicated to the media that investigations were ongoing into the matter. Beekham also confirmed that he had been contacted by the Police, but continued his rant, saying he was not afraid of jail.
Even after confirming his encounter with law enforcement, the Berbice resident continued to issue threats against former President Jagdeo.
Beekham again took to his Facebook page to inform his supporters of the efforts being made by the GPF to locate him in relation to the threats.
“The Police have issued order for my arrest, they have made a few raid and searches for me last night; they want me in relation to threats I made to kill Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, this will be my last post as I am preparing to turn in myself 10 o’clock this morning Sunday 5 June 2016, at the Springlands Police Station,” his post read.
He continued to issue more threats even as he was wanted by the Police.
“I AM SAYING IT AGAIN I WILL MURDER BHARRAT JAGDEO AND THE PPPC, I TAMESHWAR BEEKHAM AND MY TEAM WILL MURDER BHARRAT JAGDEO AND THE PPPC JAIL OR FREE!!!!!!!!” his post continued.
When contacted, Commander of Police ‘B’ (Berbice) Division, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam, related that Police have undertaken several searches for Beekham, but came up empty-handed.
Just recently, Police detained a 52-year-old woman, who was believed to have posted racially-inciting social media comments about Afro-Guyanese, and what appeared to be a threat to President David Granger.
The woman has since been placed before the courts on a charge of attempting to excite hostility on the grounds of race contrary to Section 2 (1) (C) of the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01 of the Criminal Offences Act. Her Facebook post stated that “Granger want a bullet in head…I am out of a job now because of them.” (Reprinted: today’s Guyana Times)