President to announce measures to halt violent crime
Guyana Chronicle
June 3, 2002

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President Bharrat Jagdeo exchanges pleasantries with this group of admirers during his tour of the Port Mourant Market on Saturday. (Picture by Winston Oudkerk)
PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo has acknowledged the seriousness of the crime situation and has pledged that this week he will be making an announcement dealing specifically with the crime situation.

The President will also update the nation on the measures that are being taken and those to be implemented by the Government to counter the terror and murderous activities being carried out by the criminals.

The Head of State assured residents in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) that his Government is very concerned about the spate of violent crimes that is sweeping Georgetown and its environs.

Speaking at a post Cabinet outreach press conference in Region Six on Saturday, Mr Jagdeo stressed that the present terror and murders being carried out by criminals against both civilians and Police are inimical to the development of the country.

He castigated the political opposition for not taking a definitive stance against the bandits, pointing out that certain elements of the opposition party are connected to the criminals. The President named one member of the major opposition party whom he said is definitely linked to the criminals.

During the Cabinet outreach, residents had expressed their concerns about the spate of violent crimes and the general security of the country, pointing out its negative impact on investment and development in the country.

Following on the heels of the murdered Policeman Andy Atwell after an armed assault on the Alberttown Police Station last Thursday night, bandits shot and killed a Cambio cashier in a daring daylight robbery attack in the city.

Ramnauth Persaud, 44, called ‘Jack’, a cashier of Commerce House on Regent Street, Georgetown, was killed when gunmen struck at the business place at around 09:00 hours on Saturday. The owner, Kennard Gobin, was critically wounded and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He is said to be in a stable condition. (Chamanlall Naipaul)