Police in Jinja are holding two suspects on allegations of terrorizing the Indians in the area demanding money from them using written threatening messages.
“The Directorate of Crime Intelligence in close coordination with the Territorial Police in Kiira Region and Bukedi South, have arrested two members of a gang, that was targeting the Indian Community in Jinja, and demanding money by menaces from them through written threats to murder; vandalizing and stealing number plates in exchange for money under extortionist tendencies,” the police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has said.
Enanga identified the suspects as Owor Vicent, a 25 year-old, dealer in Airtel Simcards and resident of Agumam villages in Tororo District; and Otim Boniface, a 26 year old male adult, a supermarket employee and resident of Tororo Railway quarters, Tororo District.
Police preliminary reports established that on the night of 22nd – 23rd/04/2021, the gang members, trespassed into the properties of Madvan Group of Companies, on plot 23, Bell Avenue road parking yard vandalised 6 mvs and stole the number plates from the 6mvs under registration number UAS 624G, UAX715E, UAW312V, UBG792P, UAF299S and UAL752L. They left a written not behind demanding for Ugx 300k, per number plate.
“When you know you have lost your vehicle number plate, call 0703-932528” read a notice left behind by the gang.
The number reportedly belonged to Kato Hussein a member of the gang.
Police task team further established that on the 19/05/2021, the gang members, attempted to prey on the Indian community in Jinja, when they issued written threats to murder a 57 year old Indian businessman, identified as HATHI DHARMENDRA, together with his family and fellow Indians, if they failed to remit money on telephone contact 0771-491993.
However, Enanga confirmed to this website that they (police) have already identified core suspects involved in these acts.
“We have since identified the prime suspect as Ochwo Ponsiano, of Tororo District, who was captured on CCTV camera, while pinning the written threats at the premises of the victims in Jinja City, ” he noted adding “The gang members are majorly residents of Tororo District, who are highly involved in extorting money from victimized persons, after stealing their registration car number plates, intimidating and harassing vulnerable business persons. They to a larger extent commit these crimes outside Tororo District to cover their tracks.”
On Saturday, the Director Operations, AIGP Edward Ochom, conducted on security assessment in Jinja City and met with several Elders, Religious leaders, Indian Association, Business Community Media and gave them assurances following an evaluation of our operational and tactical plans in Jinja City.