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Two Missing Indians flown to Kenya Murdered by Four Cops of Nairobi

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Two Missing Indians flown to Kenya Murdered by Four Cops of Nairobi
Two Missing Indians flown to Kenya Murdered by four Cops of Nairobi
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Two Indian nationals named, Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan and his friend Mohamed Zaid Sami Kidwai went missing alongside taxi driver Nicodemus Mwania from Mombasa Road in July 2022.  

They have been part of a team that had come to Kenya to join an IT team for Ruto to run the election campaigns in the concluded polls. The bones and clothes suspected to belong to the two Indians were found in the Aberdares forest in Nyeri county.  

More than 100 police officers were deployed to Aberdare Forest in search of the three and after two days they returned with dozens of bones which they believed are human ones, belts and clothes. They took them for safe custody ahead of a planned DNA sampling to know whose they are.

Kenyan media houses The Star and The Sunday Standard have reported about the likelihood of the duo as well as the taxi driver being abducted. The Standard revealed the two Indians were among a party of five men who had arrived in Kenya on tourist visas on 16 April.

The Star reported that Mohamed Zaid Sami Kidwai, Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan and their driver Nicodemus Mwania are said to have been abducted near the Ole Sereni area in mid-July and driven away in an unmarked car.

A close aide of Kenyan President William Ruto has claimed that the two missing Indians were killed by four officers of the disbanded Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) unit.

At least ten other officers from the disbanded DCI’s Special Service Unit (SSU) have reportedly agreed to be witnesses in the case that is slowly emerging to be a major probe into claims of extra-judicial killings.

The officials said that the four were detained in different police stations in the city after a day-long grilling of about 21 officers from the unit. Two Chief Inspectors, an inspector, three sergeants, nine corporals and five constables had been summoned to the Internal Affairs Unit offices where their colleagues were investigating the case.    

For now, police are investigating a crime of abduction and conspiracy to commit a felony. The team will wait for a forensic report from dozens of bones, belts and clothes collected from the expansive Aberdare Forest.

The officers are likely to be produced in court on Monday where the investigators will make a miscellaneous application to detain them further as the probe continues.

Two vehicles assigned to the disbanded unit have been linked to the disappearance of the three and are under probe.

Police are holding two other men in connection to the missing of the three since July 23. A magistrate on October 21 refused a plea by the two to be released on bond.

The two were arrested on suspicion a car they co-own was used as a getaway vehicle to take away the three. They told police they are ICT experts who worked for two different companies.

In court, police said their car was placed at the scene where the three were abducted through a review of CCTV footage.

The investigators say the investigation is complex and requires more time and collaboration with other government agencies including India where Sami and Khan hail from.

It has been learnt from various sources that the Indian government has already taken up the issue with Kenyan authorities and has sought an investigation into the matter. However, New Delhi is yet to get a response from Nairobi.

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