A lifetime of friendship between two Fyzabad men came to a tragic end when one stabbed the other during an argument over $100 on Monday evening. As relatives of Neatha Ramsingh, 53, held their heads in disbelief, his killer surrendered himself to police.
Ramsingh and another friend were driving out of Pascal Road, Avocat Village around 6.20 pm when he stopped in front of his brother Ramesh Roopan’s house. As he got out of the car, Ramsingh met his friend and they both got into an argument. The friend then pulled out a knife and stabbed Ramsingh in his chest.
Relatives said Ramsingh and his friend were earlier drinking and liming with neighbours lower down the street. It was something they would often do together and they would see each other every day. Roopan said he was watching television when he heard the car stop at the front. He said he looked out and saw his brother and the friend talking about money. He claimed the man swiped the knife at his brother’s face and then stabbed him.
“Look, man, you stabbed me,” were Ramsingh’s last words before he dropped on the floor and bled to death his relatives said.
Roopan said he called the alleged killer’s brothers to see what happened and they reported that earlier he was behaving aggressively and they had urged him to behave. Roopan said the money his brother was killed for was $100 the alleged killer had borrowed.
“They were friends. My son got married next door and they were by my son’s father-in-law. They made a cook and they were liming there. They had a little falling out for $100. ...I think the (killer) gave him back the $100 but this brother was vexed because somebody lied somewhere,” Roopan said.
Local government councillor for Avocat Doodnath Mayrhoo said it was a sad day for the community when two friends could fight over $100 and one lose their life. He said the country has now gone into sense hopelessness and despair with employment and the uncertainty of their next meal.
“A man losing his life for $100 goes to tell you how important $100 is to somebody. At the end of the day, they were very close friends. To the young people in this country, I want to make an appeal to you to think twice before you act,” Mayrhoo said.
Reporter: Kevon Felmine