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DIGP Katsigazi assures Indian community of security after Bhandari shooting

DIGP Katsigazi emphasized that the shooting that occurred on Friday should not be regarded as a case of organized or targeted crime, but rather as an isolated incident.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi (R) with a delegation of the Indian business community on Friday, May 12, 2023 in Kampala (PHoto/@PoliceUg)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi Friday met with a delegation of the Indian business community living in Uganda and reassured them that the Uganda Police is committed to ensuring their security.

The meeting followed a tragic incident on the afternoon in which an Indian National, Uttam Bhandari, the Director of TFS Financial Services was shot and killed at Raja Chambers in Kampala by a police officer identified as PC Wabwire Ivan.

The shooting which occurred at around 1 pm was attributed to a misunderstanding that erupted between the officer (currently on the run) and the deceased over mismatching figures on the loan the former was servicing with the institution.

Speaking to the delegation of the Indian community at his offices in Kampala, DIGP Katsigazi emphasized that the shooting that occurred on Friday should not be regarded as a case of organized or targeted crime, but rather as an isolated incident.

Katsigazi expressed the readiness of the police force to protect all business communities, urging them not to let this incident discourage them from conducting business and said that the authorities are actively working to apprehend and prosecute the suspect, the DIGP assured.

DIGP Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi with a delegation of the Indian business community on Friday, May 12, 2023

“The authorities are actively working to apprehend and prosecute the suspect,” the DGIP assured.

“We would like to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the close family members, friends, and the entire Indian business community residing in Uganda.”

As a gesture of support, DIGP said “we have contributed five million Uganda shillings towards the burial arrangements.”

Uttam Bhandari’s gruesome shooting comes against the backdrop of shootings that have happened in the previous weeks involving prominent persons. On May 2nd, the State Minister for Labour, Col (Rtd) Charles Engola was shot dead by his bodyguard who later turned the gun on himself.

While last week on Saturday, May 06, popular Ugandan vlogger, Ibrahim Tusubira alias Jjajja Ichuli, aka Isma Olaxxes was shot dead by unknown assailants near his home in Kyanja, a Kampala suburb.

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