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Cops, family baffled by men’s deaths

News day / Homicide investigators expressed the view yesterday that the deaths of Mukesh ‘Crucial’ Motilal, 46, and Kamraj ‘Cello’ Maharaj, 51, were quite strange, especially the fact that they were locked in embrace and tied together with a piece of rope by the loop of their pants.

Their eyebrows were shaved and their lips decorated with lipstick. Both men died within an hour of eating a meal while liming at Las Vegas Recreation Club in Tarouba.

An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Centre in St James on Friday revealed the men died of acute poisoning.

Stomach samples were removed and sent for toxicology testing. Both men knew each other growing up in the village and were frequent customers at bars in Tarouba.

Motilal is tentatively due to be cremated today after a Hindu funeral service.

His brother Vishnu said yesterday, “There are a lot of questions but no answers. My guess is as good as yours as to what really happened. We (relatives) are still in shock.

We still cannot believe it. Hopefully, the funeral is tomorrow (this morning).” Motilal, a former Caroni worker, was not married and did not have any children.

Maharaj, a father of three, worked as a handyman. His bereaved daughter, Reanna Maharaj, yesterday said, “What we are hoping for is justice.

It was very unfair what happened. He did not deserve it.” No funeral arrangements have been made as yet for her father.

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