Amidst the rejection of some cane farmers when It comes to the restructuring of delivery quotas to the mill, SIRDI and SICB being in the hot seat and the sugar industry navigating in turbulent waters once again, two men from Orange Walk Town are locked up tonight for allegedly setting fire on cane fields belonging to BSI/ASR.
The incident occurred around five this evening on the San Lorenzo Road. Reports are that upon making their usual rounds to the area, BSI/ASR watchmen caught the two individuals burning the cane fields. When the men noticed they were caught red handed, one of them fired shots at the watchmen who immediately retrieved from the area and called the police. By the time authorities arrived in the area along with fire personnel the men had already fled the area allegedly in a blue four door Mazda pickup truck that is tonight impounded at the station. Police set chase after the vehicle which was intercepted on the Yo Creek Road. The vehicle is said to belong to Ramon Monchie Cervantes Junior and driving it at the time was his personal driver and body guard.
We understand that the other individual detained is a Belizean field officer of San Roman Rio Hondo. Both men are expected to be charged tomorrow as we understand they have been positively identified by the watchmen of BSI/ASR as the ones who ignited the cane fields and shot at them.
CTV3 News understands that BSI/ASR is looking at a loss of approximately $50,000 as close to 20 acres of cane fields with a production of 700 tons of cane were burnt down. This is not the first time that cane fields of the company are targeted. We will have more on this story in tomorrow’s newscast.
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