Speaking to Stabroek News yesterday
the dead man's mother, Doreen Mangra said that the family
received a phone call at around 8:30 on Saturday night from
an anonymous caller informing them of the death of the young
man. Mrs. Mangra told Stabroek News that her son only
recently resigned from his previous job as a meter reader
with the Guyana Power and Light to work with the Jagmohan
brothers as a purchaser of gold and diamonds in Region One.
Mrs Mangra said that her son left for
Port Kaituma last month and was scheduled to return next
According to her they were told that
around 8 pm on Saturday, Mangra had just locked the office
which he was manning with another employee when the gunmen
broke open the door and stormed in. The gunmen began shooting
indiscriminately and according to reports Mangra and the other
man tried to stave off the criminals but he was fatally shot.
Mrs Mangra said that according to the news they received, her
son was standing behind the counter and it was there that he
sustained the wound to his chest that took his life. The
gunmen then ransacked the office and escaped with some $3M in
cash as well as gold.
She said that her son's employers
made a desperate attempt to save his life by flying him out
A resident in the Port Kaituma
waterfront area said that from reports he received the other
man who was with Mangra hid while the bandits were shooting.
The resident said it was the first
time an incident of this scale occurred at the location but
admitted that miners from time to time are usually robbed
while coming out from the backdam. The waterfront area is
the business zone of the community and the resident said
that gold and diamond miners would frequent Mangra's office
to sell off their gold and precious stones.
The dead man leaves to mourn his
mother, wife, Gaitri Mangra and one sibling.