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Three Indians murdered in Guyana

Guyana's Agricultural Minister Satayadeo Sawh was murdered along with his family members.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 14:13 IST

Guyana's Agriculture Minister Satayadeo Sawh, a person of Indian origin, was brutally murdered along with two other members of his family early on Sunday.

Sawh, along with his brother Rajpat Sawh, sister Pulmatie Persaud and security guard Curtis Robertson, was killed in a midnight attack by six masked gunmen at Sawh's residence in Earl's Court, La Bonne Intention, at East Coast Demerara.

The brutal assassination has evoked shock and condemnation across the Caribbean nations, especially among people of Indian origin (PIOs).

Indo-Guyanese constitutes 50 per cent of Guyana's population of over 760,000.

According to media reports, the armed gunmen who stormed the Indo-Guyanese minister's home, demanded cash and jewellery.

Omprakash, one of the slain minister's brothers handed out G$23,000, an amount lesser than what was demanded.

Vehemently condemning the killing of Sawh, Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo said, "I ask all Guyanese to join with us and declare with one voice that we will not be defeated by our enemies, but instead we will destroy them and continue together on our path to create a socially just and prosperous Guyana."

The Guyana government has declared Tuesday, April 25 - a day of national mourning.

Though no arrest has been made as yet, Guyana police chief Winston Felix said that his officers have got some leads.

Born on June 13, 1955, in central Mahaicony, Region Five, in Guyana, Sawh grew up in a farming community.

At the request of the late Guyanese president Cheddi Jagan, Sawh had based himself in Canada to work for the cause of the People's Progressive Party (PPP) in Canada, as the party's representative there. He was also a member of the Association of Concerned Guyanese (ACG).

After his return to Guyana in 1992, he was appointed as Guyana's ambassador to Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. For his diplomatic services, he was awarded the Order of Francesco Miranda of Venezuela and received several community awards in both Venezuela and Colombia.

In 1996, he was made minister for fisheries, crops and livestock. In 2003, he was also given the additional responsibility of agriculture, a post he held till his death.

He leaves behind his wife, Satti Sawh, and two sons, David and Roger.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 14:13 IST