Crime & Investigation

Indian Businessman Commits Suicide In City Hotel

Police in Kampala Metropolitan area are investigating circumstances under which an Indian national died at Fairway Hotel in Kampala last Friday.

The deceased, Vikrant Sangir, who operated a hardware shop along Nabugabo Road, is said to have committed suicide using a rope in Room 2204 of the hotel.

According to Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, Sangir left behind a suicide note, which is a subject of police investigation.

“Investigations show he left his work place on the 8th of August 2019 at around 10:30am and told his workmates that he was sick and going for treatment at Norvik hospital along Bombo road, Wandegeya Kampala.

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He never reached the hospital,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.

In the suicide note, he said the deceased urged police and hotel staff not to blame anyone, saying he willingly chose to take his life. Mr Owoyesigyire said the note doesn’t conclude that he really killed himself, a reason it is being analyzed by handwriting experts.

Preliminary investigations show that Sangir checked in at Fairway hotel around 10:44 am on August 8, 2019. The next day, the hotel staff gave him extra hours to check out, in vain.

The hotel manager was forced to open the room around 1 pm only to find the deceased’s lifeless body handing by a rope.

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Owoyesigyire says police rushed to the crime scene upon after being alerted by Fairway hotel management. The body was found still hanging on a rope.

The previous day,  his colleague, Sidharth Shyamsunder Sharma had reported  a case of a missing person at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS).

Sangir was a resident of Old Kampala along Martin Road in the Kampala Central Division.

Mr Owoyesigyire explained that Sangir cut a string on the swinging chair, which was in his room and used it to end his life.

He was suspected to have had some food, drinks and smoked some cigarettes before taking his life.

Scene of crime officers from Central Police station, Kampala visited the scene and took the body to Mulago National Referral Hospital for postmortem.

The officers also recorded statements from several staff of Fairway hotel.

Mr  Owoyesigyire said investigators were reviewing CCTV footage from Fairway Hotel to understand whether anybody accessed his room during night hours.

Sangir’s death comes a few days after an Italian national, Pierluigi Ruiliano Benni was found lying dead in a pool of blood.

Preliminary investigations show that Benni shot himself using a private licensed star pistol serial number UG IND T1102-06A01087 00241.

Benni, who also possessed a Uganda Passport, was a resident of Bulago islands at the home of Lucas Bally, a Swiss national and a businessman living in Kampala.

 

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