family flees home
after kidnap threat
Monday, November 03, 2003
An Enterprise, East Coast Demerara couple was forced to abandon their
recently acquired $4M home after two armed bandits on Friday evening
looted their place and threatened to kidnap two of their children.
recently acquired $4M home
The robbery victims have since taken up residence at another location
and are still in a state of shock and fear after witnessing the bandits
ransacking their three-bedroom home and carrying away over $100,000
in cash, jewellery and other valuables.
“You could never tell. We can’t tek chance and stay in dat place
they might very well come back and haunt we life. We ain’t able with
dat worries,” a family member told Stabroek News yesterday.
According to Indira Rekheran, she her husband and their three
sons had just returned home around 7:45 pm when the bandits, who had
been lying in wait for them, entered their home.
The woman said the men first accosted her husband who was sitting in a
Speaking to this newspaper yesterday Rekheran said she was almost
certain that the bandits had been hiding somewhere in her yard.
The woman’s brother and his family live in the same yard but they did
not see the bandits.
Once in the house, Rekheran said one of the bandits guarded her husband
while the other commanded the rest of her household to lie face down.
“After dis he come to me and seh no noise! Hand me all de money and
Rekheran said she began to tremble with fear but the man proceeded to
order her into her bedroom where he ransacked their wardrobe.
“When he checking the wardrobe I looking at him and he then tell me if
yall ain’t give me all yall gat we gon carry the two boys dem to
On hearing this the children’s father who was still under guard by the
other bandit begged the man not to take his children.
The bandits then grabbed two cellular phones
which were in the bedroom, a bag with jewellery and some $55,000 in
Not satisfied with their
plunder the men proceeded to pick up a pair of
sneakers and emptied a bag full of personal documents including
bank books, national identifications cards and other things.
At this point the men prepared to leave the home but not before warning
the family not to sound any alarm or call the police.
Rekheran said her brother was aware of the robbery but he was so afraid
that he locked up his house and stayed quiet.
The police were called in but by the time they had arrived the men had
already escaped along the railway embankment.
The woman said yesterday her husband had worked very hard to acquire
what they have. She related that the house at Enterprise was built
through a mortgage they had taken from a bank.
Asked whether she would return to the house, the woman told this
newspaper that several family members and residents had encouraged them
“But we ain’t safe deh at all. No use stick around when you gat to
wake up every minute ah de night and peeping to see if anyone deh in you
Yesterday when Stabroek News visited the family at their new location
they were now settling in.
Tensions have risen recently in the area following the kidnapping
of taxi driver Vivekanand
Nandalall. Despite a
ransom being paid for him, the man has not been seen since.