Di­a­mond man dies af­ter body found on pub­lic road

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

A Di­a­mond res­i­dent suc­cumbed at a city hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day morn­ing, hours af­ter be­ing found ly­ing in a pool of his own blood along the Di­a­mond Pub­lic Road, on the East Bank of De­mer­ara, and his fam­ily sus­pects that he was a vic­tim of foul play.

Dead is Nezaam Khan, called ‘Damian,’ 46, of Lot 1159 Sec­tion ‘A’ Block X, Di­a­mond Hous­ing Scheme, who was an em­ployee of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Sun­day Stabroek un­der­stands that the dis­cov­ery of Khan’s body was made just be­fore mid­night on Fri­day.

Khan was sub­se­quently trans­ported by the po­lice to the Di­a­mond Hos­pi­tal, from where he was taken to the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal (GPH), where he died around 10 am yes­ter­day.

At the time, there was a gash to his nose and scratches about his face. His be­long­ings, in­clud­ing money, his cell­phone and keys, are yet to be lo­cated.

A po­lice source in­formed this news­pa­per that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are await­ing an au­topsy re­port to de­ter­mine the way for­ward in the mat­ter. The au­topsy is to be con­ducted to­mor­row.

Martha Per­saud, the dead man’s mother, yes­ter­day re­lated to his news­pa­per that she last saw Khan alive around 1.30 pm on Fri­day, when he left home to do some er­rands. “He (Khan) leave home to do some er­rands and go to GPL (Guyana Power and Light) to pay the light bill and af­ter [that] he went and hang out with some friends,” she said.

Hours af­ter, Per­saud said, she spoke to Khan over the phone and he in­formed her that he would re­turn home by 10 pm. “He was some­where in Char­lotte Street with some friends drink­ing and when they leave there they went to Banks DIH and from there he and one of the guys took a bus home,” Per­saud re­called.

She said it is cus­tom­ary for Khan to hang out with his friends ev­ery Fri­day.

How­ever, as time elapsed and Khan did not re­turn home, Per­saud be­came wor­ried and started to call him. Calls to his phone went to voice­mail.

She said she then con­tacted one of his close friends who was not with him and he ven­tured out to search for Khan.

How­ever, the friend too came up empty handed.

Per­saud fur­ther ex­plained that she went to the Di­a­mond Po­lice Sta­tion yes­ter­day morn­ing and she learnt that the de­scrip­tion she pro­vided to the po­lice matched that of an in­di­vid­ual that was found on the pub­lic road.

She was later taken to the GPH, where she pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied the in­di­vid­ual as her son.

Per­saud added that while at the hos­pi­tal, she was told that she needed to make ar­range­ments for Khan to un­dergo a CT scan.

It was while she was mak­ing the ar­range­ments that doc­tors in­formed her that Khan passed away. “They (doc­tors) were work­ing on him. They work round the clock to try to save him but he didn’t make it,” she said.

Per­saud said based on in­for­ma­tion she re­ceived, Khan and one of his friends joined a Route 42 minibus, and he dis­em­barked at Di­a­mond Pub­lic Road and the friend con­tin­ued to Grove, where he re­sides. “…But I don’t know why my son took a Grove bus and not a Di­a­mond bus,” Per­saud said.

Per­saud ex­plained that the fam­ily has since been re­ceiv­ing con­flict­ing re­ports and foul play is sus­pected in Khan’s death. “I don’t know if some­thing hit him down be­cause re­mem­ber he was in­tox­i­cated or some­one hit him. I can’t say,” she, how­ever, noted.

At the time of his demise, Khan was on two weeks’ leave. He was sched­uled to re­turn to work to­mor­row.

Dead: Nezaam Khan

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