Naresh Basant

Killed: Naresh Basant

The killings that started with the slaying of multi-millionaire auto and real estate dealer Sheron Sukhdeo, continue.

On Monday night Naresh Basant, a relative of Sheron’s wife Rachael Sukhdeo, was gunned down.

Basant, 39, of Caroni Savannah Road, Charlieville, was killed at Korea Village, Carapichaima around 6.45 p.m.

Police said that residents claimed they saw nothing of Bassant’s killing.

And on Saturday night, Hardath Solomon who police described as a hitman, and a close associate of Sukhdeo was was shot dead on Saturday in a drive-by attack near Freeport police station around 7 p.m.

Detectives said that Solomon, 42, had been linked to Sukhdeo and reputed criminal mastermind Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis.

Alexis was gunned down in July 2017, and Sukhdeo met the same fate in March 2018.

On March 26, 2018, in a hail of bullets near his wife’s relatives’ home at Charlieville, Sukhdeo was murdered.

Two weeks later, his brother in law brother, Phillip Basant, was gunned down at the very corner.

Sukhdeo’s neighbour, Joshua Plaza, 21, was killed on April 22.

The multi-millionaire’s employee Erwin Beckles was shot dead weeks later on May 14.

Sukhdeo’s wife, Rachael Sukhdeo, and two children fled the country even though barbed wire was installed over their mansion days after Sukhdeo’s funeral.

The barbed wire, secured to lengths of steel, surrounds the perimeter and stands more than 20 feet tall at the property at the corner of Xavier and Tenth Streets, Orchard Gardens in Chaguanas.


Phillip Basant and his sister Rachael Sukhdeo.

Known as “World Boss”, Sukhdeo owned a fleet of at least 15 luxury vehicles, eight speed boats, ten jet skis and two small aircraft, as well as two buses, 12 mini vans, and four taxis. He was also the owner of seven houses and six apartments, a restaurant and owned other businesses.

Sukhdeo first appeared in the Chaguanas court in February 2016 charged with committing the act of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his wife at their Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, home.

The charges were laid after his wife Rachael Sukhdeo posted photos of her alleged injuries on social media, with blue and black marks on the face, chest and legs.

The posts sparked national outrage, with women groups speaking up, and the police taking the woman to a safe house.

Months later the mother of two told the court that they had reconciled and she no longer wished to pursue the matter.

The case was dismissed after she said she was not forced, threatened or induced into her decision and the case was dismissed.

On Carnival Monday 2017, Sukhdeo was again hauled before the court charged with receiving two stolen cars and fraud.

He was never convicted of a crime.

His brother, Sheldon Sukhdeo, was kidnapped for a $2 million ransom in December, and his burnt body found weeks later.

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Sheldon Sukhdeo (left) and his deceased brother Sheron

All of the killings remain unsolved.

And on May 12 (Mothers’ Day) an attempt was made on the life of Rachael Sukhdeo.

The mother of two, was leaving a nightclub in Chaguanas early on Sunday, when gunmen began firing on her.

Rachael Sukhdeo was not hit, and was able to escape the scene and made a report at the Chaguanas Police Station.

She was with a male companion and other people at time of the attack.

Witnesses reported seeing masked men fleeing the scene.

Several vehicles and the nightclub building were hit by bullets.


If a policeman kills an African youth in Trinidad and Tobago, the narrative would be different because certain communities have been “isolated” in this country.

That’s the view of for­mer chairman of the Emancipation Support Com­mittee Khafra Kambon, who was asked by the Express on Mon­day to comment on the widespread pro­­tests taking place in the United States over the killing of African American George Floyd by a white policeman.

Mode Alive chief executive offi­cer Gary Aboud has criticised a Facebook post made by his cousin, businessman Michael Patrick Aboud, which said protesters in the United States were using the George Floyd police killing as an excuse “to do what comes natural” to them.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith came out in defence of his officers yesterday when Fuad Abu Bakr attempted to compare the killing of Michael Thomas during a confrontation with police in 2019, with the death of George Floyd in the United States.

On May 25, Floyd, an African-American man, was killed in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday once again denied having any conversations regarding Fuad Abu Bakr being screened as a People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate.

In an interview on Tobago Channel 5’s Rise and Shine morning programme, Rowley yet again distanced himself from Abu Bakr’s claims.

Shortly after, Abu Bakr took to his Facebook page where he insisted discussions were had with members of the party regarding his being screened for the Port of Spain South seat.

United National Congress (UNC) Senator Wade Mark yesterday called on Finance Minister Colm Imbert to state whether he brought a property for $1.7 million, which was actually worth $12 million, thereby denying the country endless sums in stamp duty.