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A young policeman was caught
by surprise and almost killed when
he walked in on three men armed
with high-powered guns who were
robbing a Barrackpore bar on Fri-
The bandits opened fire on police
constable Kashyap Ryan Lochan, 21,
and his two colleagues, hitting him
Police believe the perpetrators
were armed with mini Uzi pistols.
Lochan, of Barrackpore, joined
the police service just seven months
Over 100 police responded to the
incident and locked down the area.
But despite a six-hour land and aer-
ial search, the perpetrators managed
Police said around 10.30 pm,
Lochan, WPC Cholai and PC
Sookoo, of the Barrackpore Police
Station, were on patrol when they
responded to a report of a distur-
bance at the Vietnam Bar at New
Colonial Road, Barrackpore. They
stopped in front of the bar unaware
that a robbery was in progress.
But inside the bar s gaming room,
the bandits, two of whom were
masked, saw when the police arrived
on CCTV cameras and waited for
them to enter.
When Lochan approached the
door to the gaming room, police
said, he was greeted by gunfire.
Lochan was shot in the abdomen
and left leg, but he and his col-
leagues returned fire and he man-
aged to scramble back to their vehi-
The police van and two other
vehicles were shot up during the
The bandits then ran to the back
of the building and escaped with
over $35,000 in cash, as well as cell
phones, jewelry, and other valuables
they stole from the bar s patrons.
Lochan s colleagues tried to take
him to the hospital in their bullet-
riddled vehicle, but the radiator was
damaged and it began overheating
near Monkey Town, Barrackpore.
He was transferred to another police
vehicle, but on the way that vehicle
ran off the road and PC Sookoo
injured his leg.
Eventually, another police vehicle
took the injured policemen to the
San Fernando General Hospital
where they were treated. Lochan
underwent emergency surgery and
was warded in a stable condition
A contingent of police from the
South, South Western and Central
Divisions responded and, with the
assistance of the Canine Unit and
National Security helicopter,
searched the area for the suspects.
Police recovered over 20 spent shells
and the robbery was captured on
Senior police, including ACP
(South) Donald Denoon, Sr Supt
Cecil Santana, Sr Supt Johnny Abra-
ham and ASP Zamsheed
Mohammed also visited the scene.
Ag ASP Ali Mohammed of the
Barrackpore police is continuing
Recalling the robbery yesterday,
bar owner Deonarine Gunness said
he was in the gaming room while
his wife Parbatee was in the bar. He
said there were about eight patrons
in the gaming room, when three
armed men walked in and
announced a hold up.
Parbatee said, "I was in the bar
and scream out hard. I try to push
the door, but they push it back and
they tie my hands with duct tape.
They tell me lie down but I sit down."
She told the Sunday Guardian
they threatened to slit the throat of
her worker, but she begged them to
leave him alone and take the money.
Gunness said, "They said, every-
body get on the floor, lie flat on the
floor and don t look at them. "
He said the bandits ordered them
all to empty their pockets and took
their cell phones, jewelry and cash.
Less than two minutes into the
robbery, he said, the police arrived.
"The officer kick open the door
and the bandits open fire on him
and there was an exchange of gun-
fire...heavy gunfire. The officer did
not fall, he keep backing up."
In the panic, he said, the bandits
forgot the bag with the money, but
through a window one of the bandits
ordered a patron to hand the bag to
Gunness, who has been operating
the bar for the past 35 years, said it
was the second time they had been
"It was very traumatising. It was
He praised the police for their
quick response and wished Lochan
a speedy recovery.
Rookie cops need training
Speaking with the Sunday
Guardian at the SFGH yesterday,
Lochan s cousin Rikki Rambhajan
said the police service needed to
introduce on-the-job training for
"Something is terribly wrong.
Three police officers on patrol at a
time like this? Where are the senior
officers? They should have been in
the vehicle with them.
"I don t know how the service
operate, they need to have on-the-
job experience, especially when there
is a rampant free flow of arms and
ammunition in the country."
He said Barrackpore was a nice
community, but it had now become
a hunting ground for criminals.
Despite his parents reservations
about him joining the service,
Rambhajan said, Lochan always
wanted to be a policeman.
Rambhajan said Lochan was very
enthused about his job despite his
parents Deosaran s and Jemma s
concerns about his safety.
He said they might want him to
leave the service after he recovered.
However, his advice to Lochan
would be to "take this as a learning
experience. It will toughen you up."
Doctors, he said, told the family
Lochan was out of danger, as the
bullet to his abdomen did not dam-
age any of his organs.
Warning to bandits
Sr Supt Johnny Abraham yester-
day urged his juniors to be alert at
all times and also sent a warning
to armed criminals.
"I am saying to the criminals out
there again and again, if you commit
crime and you get away I have no
problem with that.
"But if confronted by the police
please drop your weapon. A firearm
means only one thing, that is to kill.
I have advised my officers to be
ready, to be prepared for any even-
tuality. These officers responded to
a simple disturbance and they were
greeted with heavily armed ban-
Abraham said he was not pleased
that the bandits escaped, but was
confident they would be held.
He also advised businessmen with
gaming machines to hire security
to protect themselves and their
The female Special Reserve
Police officer charged for alleged-
ly assaulting a wheelchair-bound
man has been released from
police custody after being grant-
ed $15,000 bail on Friday night.
But Tamika Phillip s male col-
league was charged with misbe-
haviour in public office only late
yesterday and up to last night was
trying to secure his bail at the San
Fernando Police Station.
Both SRPs were arrested and
charged after a video showing
them allegedly abusing wheel-
chair-bound Robby Ramcharitar,
46, surfaced on Facebook last
The video shows a man in plain
clothes and a woman in a police
uniform assaulting the man. The
incident took place on December
27 along High Street, San Fer-
Both SRPs were interviewed at
the police station by detectives
of the Professional Standards
Bureau on Friday.
Phillip was charged with
assaulting Ramcharitar and mali-
ciously damaging a car parked
along High Street, San Fernan-
do.Police sources said a Justice of
the Peace granted her $10,000
bail on the assault charge while
she was granted $5,000 on the
Her colleague was expected to
be granted bail last night, but both
SRPs will have to appear before
a San Fernando magistrate tomor-
row to answer the charges.
Eyewitnesses claimed that
Ramcharitar was cursing the offi-
cers at the time of the incident,
but he has denied this and has
retained the services of attorney
Rekha Ramjit to sue the SRPs and
the State. ---Sascha Wilson
Rookie cop ambushed
$15,000 bail for female SRP on assault charge
Relatives of police constable Kashyap Ryan Lochan, who was shot during a robbery, await an update on his
condition at the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday. From left is Lochan's cousin Rikki, father Deosaran and
cousin Indera Rambajan. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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