• 23 May, 2024

Guyanese shot dead in Trinidad; Trini Critically Wounded

Guyanese shot dead in Trinidad; Trini Critically Wounded

Guyanese shot dead in Trinidad; Trini Critically Wounded

Trinidad Newsday and Guardian newspapers (Sep 13) are reporting that a female Guyanese was shot dead in Penal, Trinidad and her common-law-husband who was also shot is fighting for his life. Police are looking for two men of Hispanic descent who were seen leaving the incident of the crime.  Residents said they heard the gun shots.
 
Reports say that Padminie Seema Lilman, age 35, a Guyanese, and Rajesh Bridgelal, age 34, nationality unknown but believed to be Trini, were hit on Tuesday morning on Penal Rock Road. Bridgelal was critically wounded and is fighting for his life at the San Fernando General Hospital.
Robbery is a possible motive for the homicide though it could also be "a hit".  The victims were seen leaving a casino bar where they played the machines and won some money.
The couple were shot a short distance away from their rented home at around 1:30 AM. A report stated that occupants of a white Nissan AD Wagon  rammed head on into their dark green Mazda 323.  Two men came out of the Wagon and opened fire on the Mazda. The two assailants then jumped into a waiting silver coloured Note and drove off. The wagon had a false registration. 
 
People say they were a quiet couple who didn’t bother anyone. They have lived in the rented property for a year. 
The Newsday report quoted an eyewitness  as saying that he heard the shots and looked on the roadway observing two men of Hispanic descent entered the waiting Note which drove off.

 
There has been an upsurge of murders and other violent crimes in Trinidad including in Penal, a former estate of indentured Indian laborers. Investigations are ongoing into this crime. Pix from Trinidad Guardian. 

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a fourth generation Indian. His great grandparents from both his mother and father’s sides were born in India -- Gurbatore from Ghaizpur, Amru from Azamgarh, Sau from Chapra, Mangri from Mau, Bhuri and Bhura Singh from Bharatpur, among others. They all came at different times to then British Guiana (1880s and 1890s) to work on sugar plantations as indentured laborers. After serving ten years, they were freed laborers. They remained on the colony rather than returned to India, married and had children. They used the savings from indentureship to purchase landholdings to cement their ties to their adopted land. They were not given free land. Vishnu Bisram is ninth of twelve children of Gladys and Baldat, rural farmers, she also was a seamstress and he a taylor and they attended to a kitchen garden as well. Vishnu attended the St Joseph Anglican (called English) primary school from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, he passed the annual nationwide Common Entrance exam winning a scholarship place to attend the government Berbice High School in New Amsterdam, some 17 miles from his home village of Ankerville, Port Mourant. He declined the placement scholarship and opted instead for the private Chandisingh High School to which his family pad to pay a tuition. He entered for eight subjects at the Cambridge University Exam in 1977. Vishnu migrated to the USA in 1977 to further his studies. He enrolled at the City College of City University of New York September that year at age 17, studying Bio-Chemistry and also completing a major in Political Science. After his BSc in Bio-Chem, he pursued graduate studies in International Relations earning a MA. He went on to complete multiple post graduate degrees including doctorates in Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Educational Administration. Dr Bisram taught for over forty years in various subjects in the US. He also served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for over four decades and is a well-known pollster in the Caribbean region. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling extensively around the globe to research and write about Indian communities. He published countless articles on various subjects in the mass media, journals, and books. He also organized international conferences on the Indian diaspora and presented papers at many conferences. He was a guest lecturer at universities in Mauritius, India, Fiji, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, USA, and other countries. He is a well regarded political analyst on American and Caribbean politics. He makes him home in Guyana, Trinidad, and America and travels frequently to India.