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Army reinforcing that training principles must be followed

Amar Rajcumar


Following the death of cadet, Amar Rajcumar, allegedly during a training session at Camp Stephenson, the Guyana Defence Force has sent out teams to all of its training camps to ensure that training principles are adhered to, according to army spokesperson, Lt Colonel Claude Fraser.

Rajcumar, 21, was laid to rest yesterday with full military honours. He died last week Tuesday after he collapsed during a training session.

A post-mortem found that among other things he died of blunt cranial trauma (a blow to his head) and that he had suffered subdural haemorrhage (a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.)

Yesterday, Colonel Fraser said the teams would visit the Colonel John Clarke Military School located at Tacama, Berbice River, the Jungle Amphibious Training School in Makouria, Essequibo River and training camps of the Second Infantry Battalion at Base Camp Seweyo.

He said that the training staffer who was removed from the cadet school would not return to the school and he remained at Camp Stephenson.

The training of the 33 remaining cadets was suspended following the young man's death but is expected to resume today. Chief of Staff, Edward Collins, had told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the "GDF will do everything in its power to bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this murder, pending the outcome of a board inquiry along with the police investigation."

The board of inquiry has since completed its investigation and its report has been forwarded to Collins but Fraser said they cannot reveal the findings as it could prejudice the police investigation.

The police yesterday said that they are still interviewing persons who may know something about the young man's death. It is expected that following their investigation the police would send the file to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.