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Bandits, police trade gunfire after robbing rice farmer

Bandits armed with cutlasses and guns opened fire on police and managed to escape in the backlands of the Number 48 Village backlands after terrorising and robbing a rice farmer and his family at their home early Wednesday morning, police said.

Police said in a statement that at about 0130h. today Wednesday August 05, 2015, a gang of five men armed with firearms and cutlasses entered the premises of rice farmer Tagraj Tulshi, 38 years, of No. 48 Village, Corentyne.

Three of them entered the home after cutting their way through a wooden wall, while the other two stood guard outside.  The men held up Tulshi’s wife Indranie Takean, 32 years, and took away GUY$100,000.

Ranks of a police mobile patrol responded to the report received and on approaching the scene came under fire. The ranks returned fire but the perpetrators managed to escape into the No. 48 Village backlands.

The police vehicle was damaged during the exchange of gunfire.

Investigations are in progress.