India Envoy Meets Kenyan President Over Disappearance of 2 Indians

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the specific circumstances surrounding the abduction and subsequent lack of information in the case is very disturbing.

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By: TNI Team
Updated: 25 October, 2022 10:00 am IST
Source: Instagram

Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Namgya Khampa met Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto to discuss the progress in investigation related to the disappearance of two Indian nationals in Nairobi. He expressed “deep concern” regarding the case.

Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan, who had been with Balaji Telefilms, and his friend Mohamed Zaid Sami Kidwai, part of the Kenya Kwanza digital campaign team, went missing with taxi driver Nicodemus Mwania from Mombasa Road on July 21.

Authorities in Kenya on Monday, produced four police officials in the court, related to the disappearance. The arrested police officials include the head of the now disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU), who had a reputation for being trigger happy and his other team members.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted the details of the meeting and developments in the case late night on Monday. He informed that officials of the recently disbanded Special Service Unit of the Kenya Police have been taken into custody for questioning. “The case is under active investigation by the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) of Kenyan Police. We have noted that several people have been taken into custody in this connection including officials of the recently abolished Special Service Unit of the Kenyan Police.”

Earlier, quoting a close aide of Kenyan President Ruto media reported that  that the duo had been killed by the disbanded special service unit. There is no official confirmation, though.

The full statement of Arinadam Bagchi read:

In response to media queries on the two Indian nationals missing in Kenya, the Official Spokesperson, Shri Arindam Bagchi said:

“We have been in regular touch with the Kenyan Government to locate the whereabouts of the two missing Indian nationals, Mr. Mohammad Zaid Sami Kidwai and Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan.

Our High Commissioner in Nairobi, Ms. Namgya Khampa, today called on President H.E. Mr. William Samoei Ruto to convey our deep concern and request the expediting of investigations into the matter.

The High Commissioner of Kenya in New Delhi was also called into the Ministry on October 23 to convey our concerns in the matter.

Our High Commission in Kenya is in touch with the family members of the two Indians and assisting them.

The case is under active investigation by the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) of Kenyan Police. We have noted that several people have been taken into custody in this connection including officials of the recently abolished Special Service Unit of the Kenyan Police.

The specific circumstances surrounding the abduction and subsequent lack of information is very disturbing. We expect that the case will be investigated thoroughly.

The Ministry continues to monitor all developments related to this case.”

 

 

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