Kenyan Police regret killing of Indian origin man in Nairobi: Sushma Swaraj

"Kenyan Police have regretted the incident. Indian High Commission will provide all help and assistance to the family. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family," said Swaraj.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2017 4:49:46 pm
Kenyan Police, Bunty Shah, kenyan indian boy killed, Nairobi Indian origin man, Sushma Swaraj, india news External minister Sushma Swaraj. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Sunday took to Twitter to inform that the Kenyan Police have regretted the incident in which a Kenyan national of Indian origin was killed by them in Nairobi. She assured the Indian High Commission will provide all help and assistance to the family of the victim and offered her condolences.

According to Swaraj, the Kenyan security forces were conducting anti-terror operations in the building across the residence of the deceased, identified as Bunty Shah. However, Shah thinking this was an intrusion by armed burglars fired in the air to which the security forces returned the fire resulting in Shah’s death. Shah was working in the Bobmil Industries Limited.

In a series of tweets, Swaraj said, “I have received the report from Indian High Commission in Nairobi. The deceased Bunty Shah was a Kenyan national of Indian origin. Kenyan security forces were conducting anti-terror operations on the building across Shah’s residence. Bunty thought this was an intrusion by armed burglars and fired in the air. The security forces returned the fire resulting in Bunty’s death. Kenyan Police have regretted the incident. Indian High Commission will provide all help and assistance to the family. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”

Swaraj’s response came after she was approached by a netizen on Twitter on Saturday seeking her help in the matter. Netra Parikh tweeted to her saying an Indian boy was assaulted at his home in Nairobi at 3 am local time. Parikh had tweeted, “Madam Indian Family boy shot dead in his home in Nairobi. Can you pls check reports & help/support them. Thanks (sic).”

Reacting to her tweet, Swaraj on Saturday asked the Indian Embassy in Kenya to send the details about reports. “Suchitra – Please send me a report on this @IndiainKenya,” Swaraj tweeted. Suchitra Durai is the Indian Ambassador in Kenya.

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