The phantom gang has helped to restore order
January 11, 2004
We have been told in bold print in the newspapers that George Bacchus has admitted to being a former informant of a killing squad that was behind many brutal executions last year (2003). I think that the DPP should advise the police to charge Bacchus with conspiracy to murder. The police should, however, pursue enquiries as a result of the allegations made by Bacchus.
The first question that comes to mind is what useful purpose a report made by Bacchus to the US Embassy would serve. The US Embassy cannot prosecute any Guyanese and at most, if they are so inclined, can offer a visa to Bacchus to escape his pursuers.
Having said this, let us attempt to put into perspective the happenings since the five prisoners escaped from the Georgetown Prison in February, 2002. I think the majority of law- abiding citizens feel that the phantom gang have done an excellent job. Is there any justification for such a belief? Let us consider the facts which have not been challenged. Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara has been the centre of the axis of evil in the country. Persons and vehicles passing through that area were wantonly and brazenly attacked, robbed, vandalized and murdered. Many persons were kidnapped and taken hostage in Buxton. No one has been held or charged for any of these offences. Scores of millions of dollars were stolen, looted and collected from victims. The police could not go into Buxton. Some referred to the criminals as freedom fighters.
All the worst crimes were committed in that area and some in the presence of the members of the GDF, who failed to offer assistance to citizens.
With the nation held at ransom by a band of vagabonds and criminals, the phantom force emerged and brought peace to the land. Neither the police nor the army offered protection and the people resorted to self-help.
The public perception is that whoever did what was done to bring back order in society did the nation a favour.