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SON KILLS MOM OVER LAND

By STACY MOORE Monday, May 14 2012

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LIKE all mothers, Barrackpore pensioner Batia Ramsumair, 70, never stopped loving her son though she endured years of abuse from him during which he eventually drove her out of her own house.

Yesterday on the occasion of Mother’s Day, Batia believed her son would have softened his heart and reached out to her, but the mother of five suffered a deadly blow of fate. The son, Basdeo Ragoobar, 47, struck his elderly mother on the head, killing her instantly in his yard at Sukhan Trace, Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore. After the woman fell, bleeding from a wound on the head, Basdeo drank a poisonous substance and died in some bushes at the back of the house.

The murder of the elderly Batia which occurred at about 9 am, plunged the Barrackpore community into mourning where families were celebrating Mother’s Day. Batia lived in her own house with her son Basdeo, his wife, and their child sharing accommodation.

Neighbours said yesterday that the mother and son quarreled a lot, and often times, he used to beat Batia. According to neighbours, Basdeo chased his elderly mother from the house and she was forced to live with another son at Jones Street in Barrackpore, a mile away.

Relatives said Batia would often make attempts to reconcile with her son, but the abuse continued. Police investigators said yesterday that Batia recently took out a restraining order against Basdeo but he continued to abuse the woman and was sent to jail for breaching the Protection Order.

According to a police report, Batia woke up yesterday on Mother’s Day and her son whom she was living with, Sookdeo Ramsumair, wished her “Happy Mother’s Day”. Another son, Dass Ragoobar, 49, told Newsday the family had planned to assemble at Sookdeo’s home with whom their mother lived, to celebrate Mother’s Day. Dass said, “We had planned to go by her (a gift) and cook and eat. We just wanted her to relax. We were going to do everything for her.”

About an hour before the children arrived at the house, Batia took a taxi and dropped off at Sukhan Trace. She wanted to make a last bid to mend her broken heart with Basdeo, her second son. Neighbours said they saw when the woman, dressed in a pink T-shirt, a black skirt and holding a hand bag, alighted from the taxi. But neighbours told police officers that as the woman was walking into the yard towards the house where she once lived, Basdeo emerged and began cursing her.

Neighbours told Newsday that they heard the shouting, but when they looked out and saw Basdeo cursing his mother, one of them telephoned the Barrackpore Police Station and reported the matter.

Police officers arrived at the home and saw Batia lying on the ground, her head smeared with blood. Next to the body were the purse and two murtis (statue of a Hindu god) that had fallen on the ground during the commotion.

Police investigators believe that Basdeo struck his mother with a blunt object several times, because she bled profusely from wounds to the head.

Police officers went into a bushy area behind the house and discovered Basdeo’s body. Next to him was a bottle with a brown liquid which was believed to be lanate.

A police report stated that Basdeo’s wife and child were not at home when police officers arrived on the scene. The area was cordoned off by Crime Scene Investigators and caution tape was placed around the house. ASP Zamsheed Mohammed, Cpls Ramdeen, Ifill and Hosein conducted investigations.

Villagers lined Sukhan Trace, among them several mothers who wept for Batia while expressing disbelief over the fate that had befallen the woman on a day dedicated to all mothers of the world. One woman who clutched her stomach, her eyes fixated on the body of Batia on the ground, sobbed, “No mother deserves this. Imagine, on Mother’s Day a mother get killed by she own son.”

Batia’s children had rushed to the scene, the eldest, Dass cried, “Why! why! why!, this boy had to kill my mother... why, and on Mother’s Day. No! No!”

Dass said at the time of the killing, he was busy attending to crops in his garden, because he wanted to return home in time for the “get-together for mummy”. Dass added, “I was trying to organise because I know everyone was coming togther to surprise mummy and have a special lunch for her. Then, to come home to hear my brother hit the old lady and kill her. They told me he hit her on her head.” Dass said despite Basdeo’s threats to kill his mother, Batia never stopped demonstrating her love for her son.

“But she always loved him no matter what he did to her. She said that he was and will always be her son. She did not listen to us when we told her not to go by his house. She insisted she had to go see her son (Basdeo) today as it was Mother’s Day,” Ragoobar said. Ragoobar said before Batia left to go visit Basdeo, she said, “Today is Mother’s Day and Basdeo will have to listen to me.”

Police investigators told Newsday the dispute between the mother and son was over land.

Minister of Community Development Nizam Baskh who lives in Barrackpore, visited the scene of the crime and comforted the relatives.

He said people are lacking patience and they are opting to settle issues with violence. Autopsies are to be performed today on the bodies.

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