Surinamese Cop found dead, implicated in piracy attacks

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The body of a Surinamese Police officer, who went missing on Saturday afternoon, was on Sunday morning found dead in his Toyota Prado in front of a technical institute at Passiebloemstraat, Paramaribo.

The Toyota Prado (with doors open) in which the officer’s body was found (dwtonline.com photo)

This publication was informed that the 23-year-old Policeman, Premcharan Ravikant, was reportedly kidnapped by Guyanese fishermen who are part of a gang in Suriname since they believed that he might have leaked information to his superiors about an illegal gun racket. His corpse was seen in his luxury vehicle by passers-by who in turn contacted the Police.

News coming out of Suriname stated that the now dead young Police Officer left home on Saturday at about 13:00h without informing his relatives about his destination. However, after some time elapsed, his parents attempted to contact his mobile phone, but the calls went unanswered.  Soon after, his family received a text message, and it was then they suspected that the Police Constable had been kidnapped.

It was reported that the text message intimated that the man would have provided a firearm that was used in one of the recent pirate attacks that left four men dead and 11 still missing.

It is believed that Ravikant was kidnapped because it was feared that he would talk and as such, to prevent this from happening, he was silenced.

However, the family without hesitation immediately contacted the Police and handed over the critical information. After examining the text message, detectives are still to ascertain if the Police rank was indeed murdered or if he committed suicide.

This publication was informed that the text message, as was reported, is presumably being used to lead family members astray.

A source out of the neighbouring country told this media group that the young Police Officer joined the force less than a year ago, but lived a lavish lifestyle. It is not clear whose vehicle the man was driving at the time of his demise.

Since the incident, a 30-year-old Guyanese allegedly walked in to the police station and confessed to murdering the officer.

Meanwhile, as the pirate attacks deepen, it is believed that other Police ranks might be involved.

On Wednesday, the main suspect, “Crackhead”, who was arrested in Suriname, has reportedly confessed to killing five of the fishermen before throwing them overboard.

Reported mastermind in pirate attacks: ‘Crackhead’

The man, who had been wanted in connection with the attack, told Surinamese law enforcement officers during his interrogation that he was the ring leader in the recent spate of pirate attacks in Surinamese waters.

Reports coming out of Suriname stated that he also told Police that it was not a robbery on high seas gone bad, but rather he was just following orders – orders to attack the boat and “get rid” of the occupants.

Although a confession statement was signed by the suspect, the Police are continuing their investigations as they confirmed that 27 others are being questioned.

During the confession by “Crackhead”, he did not provide the names of his accomplices. On Thursday, the decomposed body of piracy victim Gavin Outar, 33, of 18 Sheet Anchor, East Canje, Berbice, washed ashore at the Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, Berbice.

At the time of discovery, the body was clad in a blue three-quarter pair of pants and bore a tattoo on the left side of the chest. Based on the description of the tattoo, a cousin of the dead man turned up with a photograph of Outar sporting the same tattoo.

Three Saturdays ago, four boats were attacked by a group of men who brutalised the occupants then threw them overboard. Two days later, another boat was attacked, and the captain was killed. The crew is still missing.

Those identified as missing are Ramesh Sanchara; Ganesh Persaud, Vickey Persaud, Glenroy Jones, Bharat Heralall, Ralph Anthony, and Tiaknauth Mohabir. (Bhisham Mohamed)

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