Assistant at Lands and Surveys Commission Shot Dead During Wedding Robbery

DEMERARA, GUYANA – An Assistant at the Lands and Surveys Commission was killed in a violent robbery at a wedding house in Canal Number 2 Polder, West Bank Demerara. The incident occurred late in the evening on December 31, 2023. The victim, Natram ‘Vishal’ Persaud, 40, was shot in the head by one of the three bandits who had invaded the wedding celebration. Another attendee, 57-year-old farmer Manipaul ‘Anand’ Rambarhak, was also shot and robbed during the attack. Rambarhak sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach and underwent emergency surgery at Woodlands Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

According to investigators, the robbers entered the wedding house and began targeting the attendees. They initially shot and robbed Rambarhak before Persaud confronted them, leading to a scuffle. The assailants then fled the scene, leaving Persaud fatally wounded. The police confirmed that there were about 60 people in attendance at the wedding ceremony of Mr. and Mrs. Samsundar at the time of the incident.

Law enforcement officials recovered three .45mm spent shells at the scene of the crime. They also noted the presence of several CCTV cameras at the wedding venue, which will be reviewed as part of the investigation. The bandits fled in the direction of the Canal #2 Polder access road. The police are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and assist with their inquiries.

The community of Canal Number 2 Polder and the broader West Bank Demerara area were left shaken by the brazen and violent nature of the robbery. Authorities are working to ensure the safety and security of residents and to bring the perpetrators to justice. Anyone with information about the suspects or the incident is encouraged to contact the local authorities. The loss of Natram ‘Vishal’ Persaud has left a deep impact on his colleagues at the Lands and Surveys Commission, who remember him as a dedicated and valued member of their team.

In summary, the violent robbery at the wedding house in Canal Number 2 Polder resulted in the tragic death of Natram ‘Vishal’ Persaud and serious injury to Manipaul ‘Anand’ Rambarhak. The authorities are actively investigating the incident and seeking information from the public to apprehend the perpetrators. The community is reeling from the shock of this violent attack and is coming together to support the victims and their families in the aftermath of this tragic event.