At the family’s home on St Croix Road, Lengua Village, Barrackpore, his son Ashraf Hosein told Newsday, his father had earlier attended a United National Congress (UNC) meeting at Rienzi Complex, and on his way home, had dropped off at a nearby shop.
An altercation ensued with another villager at the shop and Hosein left to meet his wife at a religious prayer meeting, said Ashraf.
However, relatives of the man with whom Hosein had the altercation followed Hosein to a vehicle and attacked him with a knife, Ashraf explained.
Hosein’s brother Saiatt Hosein said his brother was stabbed in the stomach, left shoulder and right arm.
“My brother called two names before he died, and he said they stabbed him.”
Wazir Hosein, cousin of the victim, said he was also returning from the political meeting when the driver of the bus alerted them to a body lying on the ground.
“I was shocked to discover it was my cousin. We took him in a car to the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) where he succumbed to his injuries just minutes upon arrival.”
Hosein a well known builder and carpenter, secured many sub-contracts from the housing industry, and other large companies.
Hosein was the sole bread winner in his family. His three children said they were baffled as to why anyone would want to kill their father.
His 17-year-old daughter, Annisha Hosein, broke down in tears as she said her father was well loved in the village. “ I never thought this could have happened to my father, he never had any prior arguments with anyone,” she sobbed.
She said her father had not consumed any alcohol since he knew he was attending the prayer service.
The family said the attackers on that evening had a party at their home.
Newsday learnt that two persons have been detained by police. However charges are yet to be laid.
Homicide officers are continuing investigations.