One miner was reportedly executed while another was allegedly abducted on Sunday following an incident at Kuribrong Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).
The deceased miner was identified as Nicholas Bob also called “Peron” of Bartica, who is a truck driver. The abductee was identified as Elon Thomas of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
When contacted, Police Commander Kevin Adonis confirmed that a miner was killed on Sunday evening in a village about nine hours from Bartica.
He explained that a team of detectives were deployed to the area to investigate but at that time, he could not give any facts as to what occurred since has not been in contact with the detectives.
Meanwhile, Jackie Bob, mother of the dead miner, explained that her son was being threatened and as such, she made a report at the Bartica Police Station.
She explained that her son left on Thursday evening for the backdam since he had to transport goods and other items for the man with whom worked.
She stated that he works for a man who goes by the name of “Short Man” who does not pay her son on many occasions. While she could not say what caused her son’s death, she is calling on the relevant authorities to look into the matter.
“They shouldn’t have killed him, they does do him all kinds of things…they does rob him. When he does do their work they don’t pay him. He does tell me, I say come out the bush, must come and look yourself, don’t worry with that. I say ‘you ain’t working with a boss man?’ He say well if people owe the boss they owe he too,” the woman cried.
While being consoled by Junior Natural Resources Minister, Simona Broomes, the aggrieved woman stated that a few months ago her son was sick and at that time, she urged him not to return to the interior but he did not pay her heed.
She cried, “Now that he get all he strength, they kill he… God in heavens knows why they killed him… he don’t trouble anyone… but I does tell he that bad things does happen in the interior”.
The now dead man was the woman’s eldest son.
Guyana Times understands that the incident might have stemmed from an old grievance involving stripping a truck of its parts which were later taken and installed on another vehicle.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.