India shocked at killing of 2 Indians in Nigeria, demands probe (Lead)

July 26th, 2012 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) India Thursday strongly condemned the brutal murder of two Indians in Nigeria and demanded a thorough probe into the gruesome incident.

The two Indians were murdered and another seriously wounded in Nigeria by some unidentified assailants Wednesday. India has sought an official report and probe from the Nigerian authorities.

The attackers brutally murdered Shanker Saha, 35, and Bokul Chander Mondal, 35, and seriously wounded Biresh Yadav after an an unprovoked armed attack on the premises of M/s Adebar Trades and Industries Ltd in Maiduguri (Borno State), Nigeria.

The 43-year-old Yadav is currently battling for his life at the Maiduguri University Teaching Hospital. The attackers also took away some money before leaving.

The high commission of India in Nigeria has expressed shock and contacted Nigerian authorities to seek an official report on this gruesome incident, said the high commission in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

“The high commission has also sought a thorough investigation by the concerned Nigerian authorities to establish the precise motive of this heinous crime and the perpetrators brought to book,” it said.

Expressing its sincere condolences to the families of the slain, the Indian high commission expressed solidarity with the management of the company and other Indians residing in that area.

The attack on Indians has upset and surprised New Delhi as over 30,000 Indians have been living peacefully in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, and have contributed significantly to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

“Specifically, the three Indians victims named above were working with a concern engaged since 2007 in processing and export of gum arabic, gainfully employing up to 100 Nigerian nationals,” said the Indian high commission.

“Regardless of their motives, such wanton attacks on innocent Indians do not serve the cause of peace and socio-economic development as well as the friendly ties between peoples of Nigeria and India,” it said.

The news of the killings of Indians has sent shockwaves among the Indian community and the Indian companies based in Nigeria. Over 100 Indian companies, including Bharti AirTel, Tata, Bajaj Auto, Birla Group, Kirloskar, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, NIIT, ApTech, New India Assurance, Bhushan Steel, KEC and Skipper Electricals have set up their base in Africa’s most populous nation and one of its largest economies.

Nigeria is India’s top oil supplier in Africa. Bilateral trade has exceeded $14 billion.

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