(PHOTO) Africans In INDIA Seek Justice For Nigerian Murdered By Police. Bengaluru police say a Nigerian man died in an accident early on Monday morning after the bike on which he was riding pillion skidded on Kothanur Avalahalli Road, police said.
The African community, however, has described the death as “murder” and is questioning the police version of events.
The Central Crime Branch, said its team was at the spot to conduct a drug bust when the accident occurred. K N Yashavanth Kumar, inspector, women and narcotic cell of the Central Crime Branch (CCB), said in his complaint that his team was on Kothanur Avalahalli Road expecting to make an arrest after an exchange of drugs for money when the accident occurred. A senior officer said the team had left the office around 7.30pm and was waiting at the spot.
The African community, contesting the police version, said that some of its members saw Madu with plainclothes police officers near a supermarket in the area around 10pm. In a letter to the Nigerian high commission in New Delhi, they have sought its intervention so that the case is handed over to an independent agency like the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
An official statement quoting Kumar’s complaint said: “The team was waiting by the road. Around 12.10am (Monday), two persons riding a scooter passed and returned, making a U-turn; suddenly the rider tried speeding with the intention of running away.”
It has been three days since the death of a Nigerian near Byrathi cross but the Kempegowda International Airport traffic police investigating the case are yet to trace the African national who they claim was riding with Ifeayani Madu.
“We have traced the owner of the red Honda Dio bike bearing registration number (KA 05-HD-8730) that we seized from the accident spot and found that it belonged to Mujahid, a resident of Shivajinagar. Mujahid in turn sold it to Lead Motors, a used-bike dealer in Kammanahalli from whom a foreign national named Omiri bought the vehicle.
“We could not trace Omiri as he had given an address near CMR college in HRBR Layout, where a group of students from African countries were staying. However, they told the police that there was no one named Omiri among them,” said a senior police officer.
“Only after tracing the person, who fled the spot, will we be able to know who was riding the bike and who was riding pillion so that they could frame appropriate charges. We are also analysing CCTV footage from surrounding areas to establish the identity of the rider,” another officer said.
The police have booked an unknown person under IPC sections 304-A (accidental death caused by rash and negligent driving) and 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way).
A Central Crime Branch (CCB) police inspector, who is the complainant in this case, was unsure about who was riding the bike as it was dark.
“He was also not sure if the man who fled the spot was actually an African or an Indian. The only thing he noted was that the man who escaped was wearing a white shirt,” the officer said.
“The city police have written to almost all the embassies of African countries requesting them to inform their nationals residing here in the city to come forward and identify the victim and share any other details for official records. Though the community has identified the man to be Nduka Ifeanyi Christian Madu alias Nwa Jesus from Nigeria, we do not have any documents to corroborate or establish it,” said a senior police officer.