“Come back home early, okay” is the last thing Hemchand ‘Rakesh’ Dalchand, the 20-year-old man who was found dead on Oleander Gardens Public Road, heard from his mother before he left his home on Saturday evening.
In a statement, the police said that around 6pm, Dalchand left his Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, home with several female friends to attend an entertainment show at the Ogle Community Centre Ground. However, early the next morning, the man was discovered in a pool of blood on the northern half of the Oleander Gardens Public Road with several wounds and without his jersey and footwear he left his home with.
Stabroek News visited his aunt’s home in Industry. She identified herself as Shama, his mother was also present. Shama related that the mother was too distraught to speak.
Shama then said that neither she nor his mother is aware of what happened. She repeated what the police said and explained that Dalchand’s mother told her that some of their neighbours, who reside in the same yard with them, had asked her for Dalchand to accompany them to a fair that was being held in the next village.
She agreed and told the man to come back early. However, he did not return home and a resident later informed her that Dalchand’s body was found not too far from the fair site.
The aunt related that none of the persons that the man left with informed his mother whether anything happened to him and up until this newspaper visited the relatives, they had still not revealed whether anything had happened.
This newspaper also visited Dalchand’s residence but none of the neighbours wanted to talk. However, one person related that the man was seen in the vicinity of the seawall sometime on Saturday evening.
While the police are yet to ascertain whether the man is a victim of murder or a hit-and-run, a post- mortem examination is set for today.
Dalchand’s aunt also related that he was unemployed and would often assist his neighbours and other persons around the community with odd jobs.
The police investigation is currently ongoing and the females that he left his home with are currently being questioned.
The man’s relative said that they are in shock as they are finding it hard to believe anyone would want to hurt the man, who often kept to himself and “was not troublesome with anyone.”
“He is just live with his mother and she does work and take care of he and that’s it. She devastated bad and don’t know what to do now because she poor too. She don’t even know how she gon bury he, that’s what she tell me. She seh she don’t even want a wake, just to get he buried,” Shama said.