Former Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud told the COI into the murder of eight miners at Lindo Creek in 2008, that his team did not killed the men. The Retired Commissioner appeared before the COI yesterday when he made the revelation.
The former top cop noted that he indeed led a team to Christmas Falls on 5th June, 2008, at the instructions of then Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene. Those in his company at the time were; Assistant Commissioner, Clifton Hicken, Inspector Narine and Layne, Assistant Superintendent, Lowenfield, Deputy Superintendent, Witherite and Deputy Superintendent Nurse. Persaud was Crime Chief at the time of the operation. He further informed the Commission that his team camped out at Christmas Fall that night.
Persaud also told the COI that Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken, encountered Rondell Rawlins aka “Fineman” the next day when they crossed the left bank of the river, which is approximately 200ft. wide. Rawlins and his gang were the main suspects in the massacre.
Persaud said “We heard a series of gunshot sounds that lasted for a while. I thereafter crossed the river in the same boat and observed there was a body of a person I later learnt to be Otis Fyffee called ‘Mudduh’ with a gunshot injury to his face.”
As a result of the exchange of gun fire and the subsequent escape of the men, the police seized nine firearms including rifles, shotguns, and handguns along with a quantity of ammunition.
Persaud then noted he was told by Greene to withdraw from the area. “My ranks were not at Lindo Creek we were at Christmas Falls…I am sure we were not there because we left on the sixth and arrived in Georgetown on the June 6, 2008, he informed. (Excerpts from DPI)