The son of murdered Non Pareil businessman, Davechand
Appanna has been held by police as investigations continue
into his father's death which occurred over three months
The son and two
reporters allegedly breached the police barrier and entered the home
Khemraj Appanna, 23, of Courbane Park, Annandale,
East Coast Demerara was at the Police Traffic headquarters
last Friday to process a licence when he was arrested and
taken to the Criminal Investigation Department.
The man's relatives told this newspaper that he has since
been questioned in relation to his father's murder which
occurred at the hands of six bandits. Davechand's wife,
Hemrajie, was also wounded in the attack and had to be
Relatives say Khemraj has since given a statement to
police at the Cove and John station which, according to the
police, matched information they had received earlier.
Khemraj's relatives are baffled at the police's latest
action noting that though the murder occurred since August
the police had not held him.
Asked what might have caused the police to make such a
move, relatives said Khemraj, who had not been living with
his parents at the time of the attack, had entered the home
before the police carried out their tests and his
fingerprints might have been found on the scene. Khemraj,
they said, had also held his father's dead body in the
Relatives also told this newspaper yesterday that since
the murder of Davechand Appanna no one has given an official
statement to the police and Khemraj's statement on Friday
would be the first from the family. Police had tried to get
a statement from Hemrajie but her medical condition made
this impossible at the time. The only other person who was
in the house at the time was the couple's 13-year-old
daughter and she too has not given a statement.
Following the young man's arrest on Friday relatives made
contact with the police who they say promised to free him on
Saturday. However, up to press time yesterday he was still
in custody and police have not made contact with his family.
Police had followed a trail which their tracker dog had
made for them and arrested six men on the said morning of
Appanna's murder. All six persons were subsequently