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Search still on for missing estate workers

By Mark Ramotar

MISSING: Maikhram Sawh, called ‘Bharrat’ and his wife, Jaso, in happier times.
 MISSING: Sam Persaud Taran Nauth, called Shammie
POLICE yesterday continued their search for the two Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) employees, who mysteriously disappeared on Saturday last while working in an area aback Vigilance, which neighbours the violence-prone and troubled East Coast Demerara village of Buxton.

Up to late yesterday afternoon, there was still no clue as to the whereabouts of Sam Persaud Tarran Nauth, called ‘Shammie’, 37, and Maikhram Sawh, called ‘Bharrat’, 46.

Kamini Taran Nauth, 34, wife of ‘Shammie’, and their three daughters, Divya, seven months, Sarah, 6, and Lisa, 4.
The two GUYSUCO workers went missing sometime around noon on Saturday, prompting a widespread but fruitless search for them in the Vigilance back lands late that afternoon and into the night.

As the search intensified yesterday, aided by a GUYSUCO aircraft, relatives, friends and neighbours of the two men flocked to their homes to comfort their immediate families and to offer words of encouragement and hope that the men are still alive and would return home soon.

Most of the visitors, however, could not hide their ‘gut’ suspicion that Shammie and Bharrat might have been kidnapped. Up to last evening, however, there was no ransom demand or communication of any

kind made to the families of the missing workers.Surrounded by scores of relatives, friends and neighbours, Shammie’s 34-year-old wife, Kamini, was lying in a hammock under the front part of their home in Fernandes Street, Enterprise, in a grief-stricken state when this newspaper visited

Tuesday, May 24, 2005