Man being sought into execution of Surinamese rice exporter
Businessman Nitinder Oemrawsingh
Businessman Nitinder Oemrawsingh

AS police in Guyana probe the execution-style killing of Surinamese businessman, Nitinder Oemrawsingh, whose body was discovered at the Number 63 Beach with a gunshot wound to his head on Monday afternoon, Divisional Commander Paul Langevine said no stone will be left unturned.

In an invited comment, the commander said his ranks will begin reviewing surveillance footage in and around the area leading towards the beach, looking for clues to aid the investigation. He further noted that they will be sharing intelligence with their Surinamese counterparts and vice versa.

Meanwhile, according to sources, the police are also currently seeking a person whom the mega-Surinamese businessman reportedly stayed with in Guyana at the same time, and checks are also being made at various hotels to ascertain whether the man would have been a guest at one of the entities.

Oemrawsingh, a businessman from Nickerie and who is the exporter of “Nivash Rice”, was recently wanted in connection with one of the largest drug busts in Suriname that netted some 2,344 kilos of cocaine on Tuesday last. According to information, the drugs were found in a shipment of rice that was destined for France via Guadeloupe at Port Jules Sydney in the capital city. Several persons were detained, including Oemrawsingh’s brother. Nitinder was initially questioned and released and has reportedly been missing in Suriname since Friday.

His body bore a single gunshot wound to the forehead and was found face up on the banks of the beach, by police who were on patrol at around 16:20 hrs. A cellphone believed to belong to the deceased was found next to his head and less than US$400 was found in one of his pockets. He was clad in a blue armless shirt, a pair of black American Eagle track pants and a pair of black Nike sneakers. Police have also confirmed that a spent shell casing was found on the scene. Investigators believe the man was taken to the beach which is less frequented on weekdays and executed.

An uncle of the now dead man travelled from the neighbouring country on Tuesday, and officially identified the body at the Skeldon Hospital mortuary. He reportedly told investigators that they had no idea that Nintinder was in Guyana, and were shocked to have learnt about his demise in such a gruesome manner.

A post-mortem is expected to be conducted soon, before the body can be handed over to the family and Surinamese authorities.

Meanwhile, as the Surinamese law enforcement officials continue their probe into the drug bust, four persons: two clearance officers, a truck driver and a customs officer, were arrested on Tuesday. The customs officer, identified as Dharmindersingh, had reportedly signed off and sealed the container in which the drugs were later found.
The Surinamese authorities are slated to destroy the drugs, which has an estimated street value of over USD$200 million or some G$42 billion dollars.


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