By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The family of well-known businessman, 48 – year – old Ganesh Ramlall, who was gunned down early Sunday morning, is still trying to come to grips with his death and at the same time, decrying the slow response from the Guyana Police Force.
Ramlall, a.k.a Boyo, who owns the Regent Multiplex Mall on Regent Street, was shot some seven times by four armed men who invaded his Lot C La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara home, mere minutes after he had arrived from a ‘wake house’, relatives told iNews.
His brother, Samsundar, known as Sugrim, found the businessman lying in a pool of blood on the floor, just outside his back door. Sugrim told iNews that his brother received a bullet wound to the head, while he was also shot in the abdomen and chest several times.
He said the gunmen also took away the dead man’s gold band and chain along with his daughter’s school bag from inside the house. Relatives told iNews that the businessman left the ‘wake house’ at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara and brought home some Bar – B – Que.
He opened his back door and ventured out to use the washroom when he was confronted by the armed men. According to Sugrim, who lives nearby, he heard the gunshots but was too scared to look out and had no idea that it was his brother.
The businessman’s wife locked herself upstairs when she heard her husband’s screams. Following the gruesome murder, the family found what they described as “straps” lying around the yard, opining that the gunmen may have wanted to tie up the business.
“Dem’ walk with strap fuh tie up this man; we find them all ova the road deh,” the distraught brother told iNews.
He criticized the slow response from police, whom he said turned up at the scene nearly two hours later, when the body was already removed. It should be noted that the Den Amstel Police Station is nearby.
It took iNews approximately five minutes to drive from the Den Amstel Police Station to the businessman’s home, while stopping to ask for directions.
“Over an hour and a half, near two hour, none police nah come hay, none police nah come. When we call the police, the lady nah find paper; we done keer he way at the parlour, then them come and ask weh de body deh,” Sugrim told iNews.
The man’s sister, Bibi Sukdeo told this online news service that he has no enemies and she is at a loss as to the motive behind the killing.
“He is honest, loving, kind; he is like a sweetheart to anyone, good in everyway. He has no problems with anybody,” the tearful woman told iNews. The businessman’s wife was at the funeral parlour during the time iNews visited the house, which was already filled with relatives, neighbours and friends of the family, who turned up to sympathize.
He also leaves to mourn his two daughters, aged 16 and 18.