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posted 17 Oct 2012, 11:08 by Gerry Kangalee
The National Foodcrop Farmers’ Association (NFFA) condemns in the harshest and strongest terms the brutal and unjustified beating of its Vice-President Glen Ramjag, by a security guard at the HiLo Supermarket compound in St. Augustine on 9th October 2012.

Ramjag, who is a director of the Agricultural Development Bank and member of the St. Augustine Education City Committee, was severely beaten about his head and body by a security guard employed by Detect and Deter Security Firm, while his wife and daughter were at the Hilo supermarket. The security firm is contracted by Hilo.

Ramjag, who was bleeding and dazed from the beating, eventually collapsed and lost consciousness in the presence of his wife, four year old daughter and customers including two investigating off-duty police officers. He was rushed to the Mt. Hope Hospital and then transferred to Medical Associates in St. Joseph for emergency care because of industrial action at the public institution.

The NFFA notes with grave concern the callous indifference of the store’s management to Ramjag’s condition, lack of concern for his wife and young child who were both traumatised and further, the lack of co-operation with the off duty police officers who sought to intervene.

Ramjag has since been undergoing a battery of tests including 3 CT scans, X-rays and MRI to determine the full extent of the injuries sustained from the beating. He is presently suffering from limited physical mobility, impaired hearing and severe pain. As his injuries prevent him from working, Ramjag has been advised by doctors to have complete rest to aid his recovery.

The NFFA notes the concern expressed by Derek Winford, CEO, HiLo and calls on him to expedite and conclude his internal investigation. The NFFA will cooperate fully in any way it can and strongly refutes that Ramjag was in any way confrontational or abusive to the guard.

The NFFA notes further that its membership represents a vital partner in the local food industry and sincerely hopes that there will not be any attempt to minimise or discount this incident.

Finally, the NFFA is calling on the police to act swiftly and decisively in its investigation.

Terrence Haywood