No evidence Multiplex mall owner killing was a ‘hit’
– Crime Chief
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum is maintaining that so far there is no evidence to suggest that the killing of businessman Ganesh ‘Boyo’ Ramlall is anything other than a robbery. There is speculation that Ramlall’s death may have been a ‘hit’ given the number of bullets pumped into his body last Sunday when bandits attacked him at his La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara home. However, Blanhum, speaking with this newspaper last evening, said that at the moment the police investigations have not unearthed anything that points to an execution.
Ramlall had just returned home around midnight on Saturday and after putting down his gun and changing his clothes preparing to eat the bar-b-que chicken that he had brought home, went to use an outdoor bathroom when he was attacked. He raised an alarm and from all indications he put up a fierce fight with his attackers, who then shot him several times about his body. Ramlall’s wife, who had retired upstairs after opening the door for him, secured herself and managed to contact other neighbours and relatives. The bandits escaped with Ramlall’s gold chain and a gold band. The bandits were so hasty in their retreat after neighbours responded by discharging rounds into the air from their licenced weapons, that they left Ramlall with an expensive gold ring on his finger. Investigators had initially stated that the bandits had taken the businessman’s gun but in a subsequent statement they announced that the weapon was later found in the house. “The initial information received by the police was that it had been taken away by the perpetrators,” the police statement said. Kaieteur News understands that investigators found a piece of rope which they strongly believe was left behind. This gives weight to the theory that Ramlall’s killers were there to rob him. “People who come to execute you don’t come with rope to tie you up,” a close friend of the businessman remarked. Ramlall was described as a well respected member of his community who was very generous and carefree. He would participate in most of the activities of Uma Mahaeshwar Mandir in La Jalousie, which he helped to build, and of which he was the President. Relatives said that Ramlall had no known problem with anyone and was carrying out his normal activities without fear in the days and weeks before his death. In fact, he had attended a wake and a bar-b-que, mere hours before his death. “This is a man who would go to all those activities and would drive home by himself at all hours of the night. He was not a shady character. Tell me, if he was into anything shady, do you think he would be operating the way he did?” the friend reasoned. A post mortem examination will be performed today by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh, before the businessman’s remains are handed over to his family.