Weeks after President David Granger had issued an order for an investigative review of the circumstances surrounding the March 15 seawall shooting of suspected bandits Errol “Dynamite” Adams, Dextroy “Dutty” Cordis, and Kwame Assanah, it appears as if the Commander-in-Chief’s directive appeared to have been deliberately stalled.
This might be so, since the coalition government itself seems deeply divided on whether an investigation should be launched or not.
As a matter of fact, While President David Granger of the APNU feels that an investigation should be launched to clear-up any allegations of extrajudicial killings, AFC’s Khemraj Ramjattan who is the Public Security Minister with oversight of the Guyana Police Force, does not support any such inquiry.
For one, Ramjattan has seemingly rebuffed the President’s position by indicating that he already believe the version of events that were told by acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine.
Ramnarine’s version of the incident explains that the men had trailed a customer who had just left a city bank and then attempted to rob him during a premature stop that was made by the said customer on the Georgetown Seawall.
He added that the police who were already tracing the “bandits” as a result of intelligence received, confronted them during the attempted robbery, but came under gunfire, resulting in the lawmen returning fire.
A third bandit was said to have been shot after he visited the crime scene along with another bandit, and also fired at the police.
The commissioner further explained that the fourth bandit, who happened to be the rider of the motorcycle, sped away.
However, Devon Lyte, a construction worker who claimed to have witnessed the incident told reporters a completely different story, at a press conference that was called by prominent attorney Nigel Hughes.
Lyte had claimed that he was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association building on Carifesta Avenue, when he witnessed the incident.
According to the young man, the police were actually chasing the now-dead men who were ahead of the lawmen in a black car, on the Georgetown Seawall.
However, the black car stopped and the driver exited with his hands aloft while the white car that was transporting the police also stopped some distance behind the black car.
He added that a policeman later exited the white car and approached the person that was standing with his hands in the air, outside of the black car.
Minutes later, he claimed to have seen the policeman whipping out a pistol and firing several shots in the direction of the unarmed man.
While he went on to provide further details, his revelations, which suggested that the men were executed had immediately thrown the police’s version of the story into turmoil.
However, the man’s version of the incident subsequently created some concerns, after he failed to attend an arranged interview with the police, followed by the police’s claim that the man was a construction worker on the ground, and was not delegated to work on the roof of the building, from where he said he had witnessed the incident on March 15.
Nonetheless, continued social media exchanges are currently showing that the public remains deeply divided over the particulars surrounding the incident, with many person rejecting the police’s version of the event.
However, most seem to believe that the men were indeed bandits who were up to no good, and as such, remains supportive of their shooting, whether it was lawful or not.
But there are also others who are wondering whether the police had actually shot the right the men, or whether the real robbers that target bank customers are still out there.
For them, if the police did not get the right men, then it is only a matter of time before the real culprits utilize a different strategy to target customers who left commercial banks with large sums of monies.