Po­lice ar­rest sec­ond sus­pect in al­co­holic man’s mur­der

Stabroek News Sunday - - NEWS -

A sec­ond sus­pect has been ar­rested as the po­lice con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of 46-yearold Pri­etam Man­ick­ram, the al­co­holic who was found dead in an aban­doned house at En­ter­prise, East Coast De­mer­ara last Mon­day.

Sun­day Stabroek was re­li­ably in­formed that the sus­pect was ar­rested some­time be­tween Thurs­day and Fri­day. The first sus­pect was de­tained on Wed­nes­day.

The life­less body of Man­ick­ram, called ‘Vishnu” and “Shahrukh,’ a fa­ther of three, was dis­cov­ered a rel­a­tive who went to check on him around 1.40 am last Mon­day by. At the time, he was ly­ing in the bot­tom flat of the aban­doned house. There were no vis­i­ble marks of vi­o­lence but an au­topsy re­vealed that Man­ick­ram died as a re­sult of man­ual stran­gu­la­tion

Bal­ram Man­ick­ram, the dead man’s son, had pre­vi­ously re­lated to this news­pa­per that he last saw him alive on New Year’s Day and ev­ery­thing was nor­mal.

Bal­ram said that his fa­ther shared the aban­doned house with two other men, whom he de­scribed as drug ad­dicts.

“Is like a crew. The three ah them. The two ah them does come in the night but he (Pri­etam) does deh down deh whole day… .it gah one in the crew is a bully, a lil tough up one. Sev­eral time when we go he does tell we that this guy does beat he like when he gah stuff and thing and tek it way and suh,” he had re­lated.

He said while it re­mains un­clear what led to his fa­ther’s death, the fam­ily sus­pects that Pri­etam and some­one might have been in­volved in an ar­gu­ment, which es­ca­lated and he was stran­gled.

Bal­ram had ex­plained that Pri­etam be­came an al­co­holic sev­eral years ago fol­low­ing his sepa­ra­tion from his wife. Since then, Pri­etam has been oc­cu­py­ing the aban­doned house.

Bal­ram said that on sev­eral oc­ca­sions he and his sib­lings tried to get Pri­etam to re­turn home. He said at one point, his el­dest sis­ter even took Pri­etam to Lin­den but he fought to re­turn. De­spite his choice, he said, they still kept check­ing on him.

Pri­etam Man­ick­ram

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