Region 8 drowning: Dead man identified as pork-knocker

The body of a man who drowned at Obanna, Kurubrong, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) has been identified as that of a pork-knocker.
On Monday, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) informed that the body is that of 33-year-old Iftikhar Haniff Hussain, a pork-knocker of Lot 245 Britannia Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB).
After a photograph of the deceased was released and circulated in the media and on social media, a number of persons reached out and were able to identify the deceased man. His relatives were then contacted.
According to Police, Hussain was employed at a mining operation some distance away from Obanna landing, where he also resided.
Investigators have pinpointed that he allegedly drowned on Friday, April 15 between 19:00h and 21:00h.
On that day, at approximately 19:00h, the now deceased man and another male were trying to cross Caiman creek on a piece of log, to get from the backdam to the landing.
It is alleged that the water level was very high and Hussain reportedly slipped off the makeshift bridge into the water and vanished. The other person managed to cross the creek and informed their employer of what transpired.
Persons then visited the scene in search of Hussain but could not locate him. A report was filed with the Police. Later, on Saturday, the search continued and the pork-knocker’s body was found in the creek. It was examined and marks resembling fish bites were visible. No foul play was suspected.
The scene was photographed and statements taken by the investigators. The ranks then took the body from the scene to Mahdia District Hospital, where it was examined and death confirmed. The body is presently at the said hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.
Just two weeks ago, a truck driver attached to BK International was reportedly strangled to death and thrown into the Mazaruni River.
The victim was identified as 69-year-old Pitamber Sharma of Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD). He was employed at BK Quarries. (G12)