CaribWorldNews, SCHENECTADY, NY, Fri. May 14, 2010: Five Guyanese nationals were yesterday indicted in the February 20th fatal shooting of a fellow Guyanese man.
Vishan, 23 and his 21-year-old sister, Angelene Parbhudial, both of whom live at 935 Maple Ave., along with their cousin, Dhanashar `Tony` Persaud, 23, also of Schenectady, and Angelene Parbhudial`s boyfriend, Richard Baliraj, 21, of Queens, were all indicted on a charge of second-degree murder, gang assault, weapons charges, tampering with physical evidence, and two counts of menacing, hindering prosecution, perjury, and making an apparently sworn false written statement.
Additionally, Angelene Parbhudial, the mother of Vishan and Angelene, is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Prosecutors argue the Parbhudial siblings along with Dhanashar and Baliraj gunned down Ganesh Ramgoolam as he was stepping out of a vehicle in the early morning hours of Feb. 20.
Prosecutors say Ramgoolam was riding in a car being driven by a friend when it was abruptly cut off and blocked by another Parbhudial family member and her boyfriend who were not charged.
When the married father of two left the vehicle, he was accosted and surrounded by the four members of the Parbhudial family who were armed with rifles and a baseball bat, prosecutors added. Ramgoolam was shot five times and died at the scene. His assailants fled.
`We believe the shooting was the product of an ongoing feud between the extended Parbhudial family and another group of Guyanese residents and things went from bad to worse,` said Chief Assistant District Attorney Philip Mueller.
Two police officers who were part of a team that stormed the 935 Maple Avenue home were slightly injured when Adrian Parbhudial, Vishan and Angelene Parbhudial`s brother, fired one shot from a 12 gauge shotgun.
Adrian Parbhudial was arraigned earlier this week on an attempted first-degree murder charge for allegedly firing on the officers.