Indian trader dies after son is arrested

Business came to a standstill Monday afternoon in Malawi’s commercial town of Limbe when police clashed with Malawians of Indian origin resulting into the death of one of them.

Limbe Police Spokesperson Chifundo Chibwezo confirmed the incident but refused to divulge any information saying they were still investigating the matter.

According to eye witnesses who saw the incident occur, hell broke loose after the law enforcers arrested an Indian trader who assaulted their fellow police officer.

It is alleged that six months ago, an unidentified police officer purchased an electrical equipment at Zubeda Shopping Center but after testing it at his house he was not satisfied with its performance so he decided to take it back to the shop.

But the Indians refused to take back the equipment claiming their policy is ‘goods once bought are not returnable.’

“The police officer, however, refused to buy the story and in the process a heated quarrel ensued and all the Indians around the place started throwing insults at the police officer.

“But things went out of hand after one of the Indians snatched the police officer’s cap from his head, an action that angered him. He then mobilized his fellow officers and arrested the man,” said the eye witness who works as a shop assistant in nearby Chinese Clothing Shop.

The eye witness said after the police took the Indian to their station, one of his relations phoned his dad and told him about his son’s arrest.

“It is said upon hearing the news of his son’s arrest, the father collapsed and that was his end,” she said.

As per Islamic rituals, burial of the Indian trader took place later in the evening at Kanjedza Cemetery in the same area.

Limbe is well known for Indian traders and of late there has also been an influx of Chinese Shops.

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