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Ugandan police assure security to Indians

A person of Indian origin stoned to death


  • Two Ugandans were killed
  • Ugandan police to protect Indians

    Kampala: The Ugandan police said on Friday that they would deploy security personnel at shops and homes of people of Indian origin here, after a protest by environmentalists turned violent with demonstrators targeting Indians on Thursday.

    Peace returned to the city on Friday but padlocks were slapped on the doors of Asian shops, which sell mainly electronics, textiles and building hardware materials.

    ``The measures are taken in response to the security situation in place and it will depend on how long it lasts. But definitely, the vigilance will continue,'' said Kampala's police commander Edward Ochom.

    The environmentalists were protesting against a plan by the Government to hand over nearly a third of Uganda's largest forest reserve to the Sugar Corporation of Uganda, a subsidiary of Indian-owned Mehta Group. Hours after the demonstration began, the protesters attacked people of Indian origin, looted their shops and stoned a person to death.

    Two Ugandans were killed. One was shot dead by a security guard when he attempted to loot an Indian shop.

    Thursday's unrest was the first targeted violence against Asians in Uganda since the 1972 mass expulsion of some 70,000 by the former military dictator, Idi Amin.

    ``Obviously, (Asians) are scared. It is unfortunate because Ugandans need the Asians and the Asians need the Ugandans,'' the chairman of the 14,000-strong Indian Association, Sanjay Patel, told DPA. — DPA

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