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Foreign Ministry: Indian businessman shot dead in Uganda: report

A 24-year-old Indian businessman was reportedly shot dead by a police officer in the town of Kisoro in Uganda, according to a news report.

The deceased has been identified as Kuntaj Patel.

Police Constable Elioda Gumizamu, 21, of the Field Unit (FFU) has been charged with murder after he was apprehended and handed over to police on October 27 as he attempted to flee the crime scene in the main street, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported.

The accused policeman and others, who have not yet been found, entered an Indian hardware store and shot the Indian businessman in the chest around 2 p.m. Thursday, Elly said. Maate, spokesman for the regional police, quoted by the newspaper.

The policeman was intercepted and arrested. He is currently being held at Kisoro police station for questioning to establish the motive.

“The victim was taken to St Francis Hospital in Mutolere in Kisoro district in critical condition,” Maate said.

Hours later, Patel succumbed to the gunshot wound, police said.

One of the eyewitnesses, Gilbert Mwiseneza, a casual worker at Kuntaj’s store, said he and his boss were tending to a customer when the armed officer came in and pointed the gun at his boss before fire a bullet that hit him in the chest.

“After the shooting, he (the policeman) tried to run away but he was intercepted by people who chased him,” Mwiseneza said.

Kisoro Resident District Commissioner Shaffique Sekandi condemned PC Gumizamu’s action saying he had been in the Force for four years.

The incident came after two Indians were reportedly killed in Kenya months after they were kidnapped.

We learn that the Kenyan government has said nothing officially about the report.

Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Namgya Khampa has met with Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto and asked him to speed up the investigation into the case, the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said.