Mahaica businessman opens fire on revenue authority officers

Police are on the hunt for a Mahaica-based businessman who opened fire on a party of Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) enforcement officers while they were carrying out an exercise for smuggled goods last evening at Mahaicony.

A senior police official said that so far checks have revealed that the businessman is not the holder of a fire arm licence. Contacted, Head of GRA Khurshid Sattaur confirmed the incident and said that he was in the process of preparing a press release.

No one was injured.

According to the information Stabroek News received, the officers were conducting the exercise at Dundee, Mahaicony around 11pm when the businessman suddenly appeared. A police official said that there was a heated argument between the businessman and the officers. The businessman then opened fire and according to what this newspaper was told the officers returned fire before fleeing the area.

The businessman, this newspaper was told has been smuggling chicken, liquor and other items from neighbouring Suriname. He may have been on the radar of the GRA and an exercise planned to capture him. The items that were Dundee, Mahaicony when the officers visited are said to be his.

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