Crime & Investigation

Indian National Attacked in Besigye Procession

What started as a normal working day turned into a bad day with business closing down in most of Kampala streets as police quelled Dr. Kizza Besigye’s supporters.

In the mid -morning hours, treat the FDC presidential candidate and opposition strongman Besigye who was moving with his supporters was intercepted by police led by CPS DPC Aaron Baguma at Jinja road traffic lights before tear gas was fired to disperse the crowds.

Meanwhile, pharmacy Besigye was later arrested  and shortly detained at CPS before being returned to his home in Kasangati.

Addressing journalists at his home, buy Besigye said he was not aware of the crime he had committed that warranted his arrest blaming police for working on orders of President Museveni in a bid to disrupt his campaign program.

police clearing the road of barriers

police clearing the road of barriers

According to his campaign program, he was supposed to be at Arua park, Mini price, Container village, Kafumbe Mukasa , Nnabagereka Primary  School and Makerere University later in the day where he was suppose d to address a rally.

The police however denied arresting the opposition strongman insisting that he had only been only kept at Kira road for a while before being returned home.

Police trying to arrest a Besigye supporter

Police trying to arrest a Besigye supporter

“What I know there has not been any such thing like arrest. He is at Kira road but doesn’t mean he has been placed under arrest,” police spokesperson Fred Enanga told Chimpreports in a phone interview.

According to a press statement released later by police, Besigye had been asked to change his route plan as they had feared his campaign program would paralyze business in the city.

Besigye arrives in Wandegeya before being arrested

Besigye arrives in Wandegeya before being arrested

“We have meanwhile taken him to his home in Kasangati since he had failed to adhere to security guidelines by police,” read part of the statement.

Chaos Erupts

Meanwhile chaos erupted in the city centre as supporters of the opposition strongman demonstrated against his purported arrest by police.

Besigye’s supporters in the city centre and near Kisekka market started hurling stones at police who in return fired tear gas to quell them.

In Kasangati, the FDC presidential candidate embarked on his journey back to the city center where he insisted he had to hold planned rallies.

Police then intercepted Besigye’s procession at Wandegeya junction and a battle ensued as supporters begun throwing stones at the law enforcement officers who in return fired tear gas to calm the situation.

police woman

Military police had to be deployed to calm the situation which had turned with a number of Besigye’s supporters being injured in the scuffle.

In the resultant scuffle, a female police officer was hit by a stone on the head before being rushed to hospital.

Later in the day, police towed Besigye’s Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle to Wandegeya police station where by press time (7pm) he was still holed up.

Security remains heavy throughout the city centre with both police and military on the streets to ensure calmness.

Military and police manning Kampala streets

Military and police manning Kampala streets

An Indian national sustained serious injuries in a shameless attack by unidentified people during Dr Kizza Besigye’s rallies in Kampala, dosage Chimp Corps report.

“This is to inform you that an Indian national residing in Kampala, sildenafil Mr Deepanker Gupta of Joshi Electricals in Namuwongo, troche was attacked and severely injured by a procession escorting a political candidate on February 13 near Kitgum House as their procession moved from Nakawa area in Kampala city,” reads a statement by the Indian High Commission in Uganda.

“Mr Gupta was robbed of his belongings and also sustained serious injuries.”

Dr Besigye made several rallies in different Kampala suburbs on Saturday.

After initial treatment in Kampala, it merged that Mr Gupta was flown to India to receive specialised treatment

Police are yet to confirm the incident.

Such a development could evoke sad memories of the 2007 Mabira demonstration in which an Indian national was killed in Kampala.

Uganda is home to thousands of Indians with the majority engaged in trade.

The contribution of Indians to the economy of Uganda remains significant and one of the main drivers of economy growth.

The Indian nationals are spread over various sectors of the economy – agriculture, pharmaceuticals, construction, energy, finance, printing, IT, education, hospitality and many others.

Today the population of Indians and persons of Indian origin is approximately 40,000 and fast increasing.

The High Commission said following the heightened political activity in Uganda and particularly in certain parts of Kampala, all members of Indian community are advised to take careful note of areas with heightened political campaign activity.

“All members are advised to avoid persons or groups of people campaigning while waving clubs sticks or other items that could be used as dangerous weapons or those campaigning while chanting angrily or making threatening sounds.”


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