Thirty-eight-year-old Rajindra Balkaran, called ‘Gomes’, and his uncle Vishnu Gopaul, called ‘Strokeman’ and ‘Balbala’, a pork vendor at the Port Mourant Market, traded chops on Monday afternoon at Kitten Dam, Portuguese Quarters, Port Mourant Corentyne; and are now both hospitalized at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, with Gopaul being listed in critical condition.Injured: Vishnu GopaulReports reaching this newspaper detail that Balkaran was under the influence of alcohol when he accused his uncle of being a “cochore”. After hurling several expletives at his uncle, Balkaran walked over to Gopaul’s donkey cart and pushed it into a nearby drain.At that, Gopaul ran out of his yard with a cutlass. “Is the same cutlass he does use fuh cut meat,” one eyewitness said.“The two of dem start to argue, and ‘Gomes’ (Balkaran) telling he that he is a cochore and Gopaul cussing he (Gomes),” an eyewitness offered.The argument intensified, and Gopaul reportedly chopped his nephew several times to the upper body. Balkaran received chop wounds to his hands and neck, but was able to overpower and disarm his uncle, and he turned the weapon on the pork vendor. Gopaul received chops to the face, neck, chest and hands, and is reportedly in a critical condition at the New Amsterdam Hospital.The donkey cart that was pushed into the drainWhen the Police arrived, Gopaul was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital, from whence he was transferred to the New Amsterdam facility. Balkaran has also been admitted a patient at the hospital.Police are investigating the incident.
Missouri State (9-4-1, 5-2-0 MVC), the No. 1 seed for the tournament, secured a share of the league title and the top seed with Central Arkansas’ loss to Bradley on October 28. MSU can earn an outright MVC title with a win or draw over the Bulldogs. The Bears received a bye to the tournament’s semifinals and will play Friday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. match. Drake edged Missouri State, 2-1, in the first meeting of the teams on Oct. 14 in Springfield, Mo.Following Saturday’s match, Drake travels to the MVC Tournament, Nov. 7-8-10-12 in Peoria. The winner of the tournament earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team closes the regular season against Missouri State on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Drake edged Evansville, 1-0, in its last match in Evansville, Ind. on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) scored his first career goal and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) recorded his first MVC shutout win in his hometown. For his efforts, McCullough, who made a critical save of a late Purple Aces’ penalty kick, was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week this week. It is a critical Missouri Valley Conference match for Drake (5-10-1, 2-4-1 MVC) as it battles for seeding to next week’s MVC Tournament hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill. The Bulldogs can finish as high as the No. 5 seed and as low as the No. 7 seed with multiple scenarios in play. If Drake secures the No. 5 seed it will play Wednesday at 3 p.m. If the Bulldogs are the No. 6 or No. 7 seed they will be in the play-in game on Tuesday at noon.