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Indian robbery suspect trounces police, commits suicide

Posted by African Press International on September 30, 2007

Kampala (Uganda) A 42-year-old Indian national who was arrested recently for stealing more than 295,000 dollars, on Saturday trounced the police during an escort and jumped into the river Niles Karuma Falls and died.

Karim Hulsman, and a former resident of Mbarara town, western region, was arrested in Arua town on allegations that he had stolen the money from a businessman in Mbarara.

The Northern Regional Police Commander, Katiurabwe Arinaitwe, told APA on Saturday that when the police vehicle transporting Hulsman to Mbarara reached the Karuma Falls, the suspect begged permission to get out of the car and drop a sacrifice in the water in keeping with his cultural belief.

Hulsman said his culture dictated that he drops an offering into a river whenever he crossed it.

Believing this story, the police allowed him to get out of the car with a white polythene bag that was reportedly carrying his offering.

As Hulsman reached the edge of the bridge, he quickly climbed over and jumped to his death.

Arinaitwe said Hulsmans body could not be retrieved immediately because of the strong water current.

He said it was wrong for the police to allow the suspect to leave the car unescorted and said an investigation into the incident is being carried out.

Published by Korir, API*APN source.apa

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