Two held over mur­der of el­derly Tri­umph shop­keeper

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

The po­lice have ar­rested two men for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Dhroowah Ram­nauth, the el­derly shop­keeper whose bound and gagged body was dis­cov­ered at his Tri­umph, East Coast Demerara home on Fri­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing a sus­pected rob­bery.

Com­man­der of ‘C’ Di­vi­sion Calvin Bru­tus yes­ter­day told Sun­day Stabroek that based on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, the two men were ar­rested on Fri­day evening.

They re­mained in cus­tody up to late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The life­less body of Ram­nauth, pop­u­larly known as ‘Un­cle Drup,’ 88, of Lot 119 Su­rat Drive, Tri­umph was dis­cov­ered in the kitchen of his two­s­torey house some­time be­tween 3 pm and 5 pm on Fri­day by neigh­bour.

There was a wound to the right side of his head and a ‘masala brick,’ which is be­lieved to have been used to strike Ram­nauth, was found next to his body.

His hands were also tied be­hind his back and his mouth was tied with a rag.

The up­per flat of the house and his shop on the bot­tom flat were ran­sacked.

Res­i­dents re­called see­ing Ram­nauth alive on Fri­day morn­ing, when he opened his shop as per nor­mal.

Neigh­bours said it was usual for him to close his shop at mid­day and re­open at 3 pm ev­ery day.

Sachin Singh, the neigh­bour who made the dis­cov­ery, re­counted that he and a worker were load­ing a truck in his yard when he called out for Ram­nauth but he got no an­swer.

As a re­sult, he said he ven­tured over to Ram­nauth’s house.

“…Meh try call­ing Un­cle Drup but me ain’t get no re­sponse from he. So, after he ain’t re­spond, I went across. I just call he and didn’t get no re­sponse. So, after that me de­cide fuh jump over the fence. After dah me watch in the shop, me see the shop ran­sacked and when I watch in the kitchen, I see he tie up and lay down on the ground,” Singh had re­lated.

Bali­ram Shiv­das, the dead man’s nephew, had told this news­pa­per that Ram­nauth was at­tacked about a year ago.

Shiv­das said in that at­tack, ban­dits broke into Ram­nauth’s house and tied him up be­fore cart­ing off an undis­closed amount of valu­ables. Ram­nauth lived alone. An au­topsy is sched­uled to be con­ducted on his re­mains to­mor­row.

Dhroowah Ram­nauth

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