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Soldier slain in ‘drive-by’ received death threats

By Susan Mohammed

HOMICIDE detectives have information that slain soldier Rawle Fletcher had received death threats months ago. 

The threats, police said, came after Lance Corporal Fletcher had taken away an illegal firearm from someone and turned it in to the police. 

Fletcher, 34, was among three men who were shot dead at an all-fours tournament outside a bar in Presysal early Sunday morning. 

The other victims were businessman Mitra Maharaj, 46,  and National Energy Skills student Anil Diram, 19. 

Fletcher, of Polo Grounds, Preysal, was shot multiple times in the head, while his best friend Maharaj, a father of one of Chaguanas, was hit about the body. Diram, who lived with his parents in Gran Couva, was shot in the chest. 

They all died at the scene. 

The killings took place outside Sandy Annan Bar, near Inshan Ali Park, in Preysal, around 3.25 a.m. 

Homicide detectives said yesterday that it is believed that the gunmen were tailing Fletcher and Maharaj and Diram were innocent victims.

Police said Fletcher, and Maharaj were standing between two cars in the parking lot when they were shot in a drive-by shooting. Diram was walking to a car when he was hit by a stray bullet. 

A gunman emerged from the car and stood over Fletcher and Maharaj and shot them multiple times.

 Fletcher, a former player with the Defence Force football team, was the football coach at Preysal High School. 

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