Abel Seetaram detained over alleged assault of cop, released on bail
Abel Seetaram, APNU+AFC Region Five councillor was on Thursday evening arrested in Woodley Park, West Coast Berbice, after he allegedly assaulted and verbally abused a police constable attached to the Fort Wellington Police Station and was released on $10,000 station bail last evening.
The incident is said to have occurred at a People’s Progressive Party/Civic community meeting.
According to information gathered, the PPP/C on Thursday afternoon held a community meeting at Gossai’s Square, Woodley Park, West Coast Berbice.
A resident, who was present at the meeting said, “He (Seetaram) come on he bicycle and he start cuss up and get on”.
According to information received, Seetaram, who is no stranger to controversies, was involved in several arguments with persons gathered at the meeting.
Stabroek News was told that the police cautioned him to make his point without using expletives but that further annoyed Seetaram.
He continued to ridicule the opposition while the speakers delivered their addresses to the gathering, during which the police constable present further intervened.
Seetaram and a PPP/C supporter were then involved in a heated argument and the police for a third time intervened and this seemingly angered Seetaram.
“He hold the police uniform and chuck he up …”, the resident noted.
Seetaram was found guilty of a wounding charge at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court on May 30 and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in June.
Seetaram, a former Prime Minister’s Representative in Region Five, 36, of Lot 121 B Woodley Park Village, West Coast Berbice was charged with the felonious wounding of Nateram Rabindranauth, 54, a vendor of Lot 64 A Woodley Park Village, West Coast Berbice on January 21.
Seetaram’s lawyer, Attorney at Law, Arud Gossai, had filed an appeal on June 13 against the conviction, on his client’s behalf and Justice Brassington Reynolds at the High Court in Berbice placed the councillor on $150,000 bail, which he is presently out on pending the outcome of the appeal.