Peacemaker killed after water-throwing row

A 42-year-old man was this morning murdered after he came to the rescue of some children who were attacked by a man who had become enraged after they threw water on him as part of their Phagwah merriment.

Abdool Waheed Gani of 367, Enterprise, East Coast Demerara died at the Woodlands Hospital where he was taken after he was stabbed in the abdomen.

The incident occurred a stone’s throw from the hospital on Carmichael Street at around 11am today.

According to the man’s brother,  Gani was working as a carpenter on a building opposite the hospital when he observed that a man had pulled a knife on the children.

“He see he pull a knife and he and the next man wah been working on the building come to help the children and is stab he get stab and dead,” the brother said in tears.

According to eyewitnesses the children were throwing water on passers-by and some suggested that the water was muddy. Their actions did not go down well with the stabber and he confronted them and pulled the knife on them.

“But is lil children he ain’t had no right to do that and dem lil children see everything,” a woman told Stabroek News.

“Is peace de man going to make, you hear is peace and he dead now,” another woman said.

After committing the act the assailant attempted to escape but was pursued by irate bystanders who pulled him out of a trench and beat him before marching him to Police Headquarters, Eve Leary where he was taken into custody.

Gani has left to mourn three children and his wife along with other relatives.

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