Death of African: Police write to embassies

Request information that could help them establish identity of the deceased

March 15, 2017 09:52 pm | Updated March 21, 2017 01:04 pm IST

Days after the mysterious death of a man —identified as Ife Anyi from Nigeria by the Nigerian Community of Students’ Association — the Kempegowda International Airport traffic police are yet to trace the driver of the two-wheeler who fled from the spot after his friend fell down and died on Monday. The African community has questioned the police’s version of events and allege that his death was the result of police brutality.

“We traced the scooter to Mujahid, a resident of Shivajinagar, who had sold it to a used-bike dealer in Kammanahalli. The bike dealer said that the two-wheeler was purchased by a foreign national named Omiri, but the name was not changed on the vehicle’s documents,” said the police.

Based on the details provided by the dealer, a team traced Omiri’s last known address near CMR College in HRBR Layout, but neighbours said that no person by that name resides there.

"Only after tracing the person who fled from the spot will we be able to know who was driving and who was riding pillion and then book charges. We are examining CCTV footage from near-by areas to identify the rider,” said the police.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) inspector, who is the complainant in this case, was unsure who was riding the bike as it was dark. "He was also not sure if the man who fled from the spot was an African or an Indian. The only thing he noted was that the man was wearing a white shirt," the officer added.

The city police have written to the Nigerian embassy as well as those from other countries in Africa seeking information. “Though the foreign community here claims that the deceased is Ife Anyi from Nigeria, we do not have any documents to confirm this," said a senior police officer. “Apart from the FRRO, we have approached embassies of Nigeria, Tanzania, Congo, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Liberia, South Sudan, Ghana and Egypt. As there was no response, we sent a second letter asking embassy officials to come forward to help us with our investigation.”

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