$200,000 ransom to release gardener

By Carolyn Kissoon


A $200,000 ransom has been demanded for the safe release of a Manzanilla gardener who was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday.
Police said John Ram­outar, 62, told relatives he was going to tend to his crop.
He lives on the Eastern Main Road, Manzanilla, and his garden is lo­cated about 100 metres from his home.
Investigators said when he did not return
home, Ramoutar’s daughter-in-law called his cellphone around 5.40 p.m. She heard her father-in-law’s screams on the line before the phone went dead, police said.
The woman dialled Ra­moutar’s number again. She told investigators a man answered and said her father-in-law owed him money and he would not be released until that sum was paid.
Police said Ramoutar’s son, Richard, received a call later that eve­ning. The caller demanded $200,000 for his father’s safe release.
No further calls were made to Ramoutar’s rela­-
tives and calls to his cell-
phone remain unanswered.
The Anti-Kidnapping Squad was contacted and is investigating.
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