In a bid to capture a “know chicken smuggler” two officials from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), received gunshot wounds to their hands around 21:50 hrs last night (June 7, 2018), when a group of men in two vehicles opened fire on them at a house in Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara.

The enforcement officers were at the time looking for a suspected smuggler identified as Harilall Motielall, called “Ginga Harry”.

The injured ranks have been identified as Roopnarine Singh, 35, and Ricky Chowboy, 55. They were both treated at a private hospital and sent away.

According to information received, a group of GRA officers went to a property in Bee Hive to inquire about Motielall’s whereabouts and during this process, two vehicles pulled up in front of the property, and its occupants began discharging rounds at the enforcement officers.

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) said in a statement that the officers adapted tactical positions and returned fire but the vehicles sped away. No arrest has been made so far.

this would not be the first time that Motielall would have found himself in hot water.

In fact, he was charged in absentia (without being present in court) in 2016 and sentenced to four years in prison. He was sentenced two years after he was accused of shooting at GRA officers on the night of July 16, 2014, when they intercepted a convoy of minibuses loaded with illegally imported chicken at Dundee, Mahaicony. It was reported also that during that altercation, Motielall and others, using an AK-47 and other small arms, would have opened fire on the Customs Officers,  injuring one of them.

He was never caught.


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