He was twelve miles away from home where his family members were awaiting him. 27-year-old Pristley Rancharan didn’t make it home, however, as the vehicle he was driving flipped multiple times, killing him almost instantly. Rancharan was between miles five and six on the Consejo Road in the Corozal District, transporting five other BDF soldiers to Corozal Town when the incident occurred. Rancharan was the only one who did not survive the incident. Today, we spoke with his sister, Prisila Rancharan, who voiced her concerns.
Prisila Rancharan, Sister: “Usually we stay home but that day his wife came and we were bathing in the little pool for the kids and everything was going good. He called, he video chatted to see the babies bathing in the pool and then he called his wife to tell her that he was at Consejo but that as soon as he reached to Corozal he would call her and it’s so sad he didn’t make it. He didn’t make it. That happened like four o’clock the evening he turned over and he was very fast, he lost control and he got a blow out and the vehicle turned over. What I am fighting for is respect and honor. I believe that he should get the best because he gave the best to the country and I don’t really understand why the government doesn’t want to extend a proper funeral if we are watching the news every day and the cases of corona are diminishing and I understand that the virus if we be careless it could come back again but I believe with proper precautions and measures we can handle it and I mean we have BDF and I know for sure they will send police to watch, I mean that is what they are there for, supervise the thing and we can have the crowd as long as we have the six feet apart. I saw a video this morning in San Pedro people waiting for boat so much people packed not even two feet apart if that could be happening why can’t we grieve in peace and why can’t we have a proper funeral ? According to the BDF they wanted a proper salute they had everything ready but they didn’t get permission granted to do it. He was very short but with all that shortness he was very courageous and strong he feared nothing. I believe he was willing to do more than what the buffest soldier was willing to do. I believe at the moment of his death not even that he feared. He was a family man, everything was family. Work, home and family, work home and family even if he was at work he would be planning an occasion with the family either camping, either fishing, either playing games home and things like that. Anywhere he used to go he made a friend. I can’t say that everybody you can love him but he called the attention of every single person.”
Rancharan had no kids, but his sister stated that he treated all his nieces and nephews as his own. He had a wife and a host of other relatives. The Calcutta Village resident served in the BDF for eight years – three years as a volunteer soldier and five as a part of the regular element. He was involved in various missions, and was even a part of the soldiers that kept the Belize City streets safe during the first State of Emergency for this year. His family believes that due to his service to the country, he deserves a proper military funeral. However, due to regulations set in place because of COVID-19, only ten persons are able to attend his send off.