Kampala- Police in India are investigating circumstances surrounding the killing of a Ugandan woman on Wednesday night in Bangalore, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka State. Ms Florence Nakayiki, 25, a degree student, is said to have been murdered by 30-year-old Ishan Sood following a disagreement.
A video containing graphic images of Ms Nakayiki in a black dress lying in a pool of blood while Mr Sood in a blue T-shirt is seated on a red arm chair has since been widely circulated on social media.
“The accused (Ishan) from Himachal Pradesh has been arrested for fatally stabbing, Florence Nakayiki, a degree student in a private college, over a sexual favour,” IANS an independent newswire quoted the deputy commissioner of police, Bengaluru North-East, PS Harsha as saying.
Margaret Awino Kafeero, the head of public diplomacy at the Foreign Affairs ministry, confirmed the development and said the ministry had taken up the matter.
“It is a crime under the laws of India, so the Mission in New Delhi is in contact with police to get details and decide on the course of action,” Ms Kafeero said when asked what the ministry was doing following the incident.
Crime scene visited
Sunday Monitor understands that three Uganda High Commission staff from the Indian Capital New Delhi travelled to Bangalore, visited the crime scene, met with Indian police officials and visited the mortuary where Ms Nakayiki’s body is kept. Ms Nakayiki’s body is reported to be kept at Dr Ambedkar Medical College where a post-mortem was carried out.
“A situation report and further updates from our staff will be shared as and when we receive it,” Ms Kafeero said yesterday.
How she met her death
Ms Nakayiki was heard screaming by residents of Thimmegowda Layout who rushed to her rescue, according to Bangalore Mirror.
The owner of the building who had rented the house to her rushed to the house only to find her in a pool of blood and a man holding a knife standing next to her.
Soon neighbours, including foreign nationals, gathered and surrounded Mr Sood and started beating him. The landlord is reported to have called police and also managed to lock Mr Sood inside the house until police arrived on the scene.
Additional policemen were rushed to the spot and detained a few foreign nationals and Mr Sood.
In a statement recorded at police, Bangalore Mirror reports that Ms Nakayiki was approached by Mr Sood seeking physical intimacy and they made a deal for Rs5,000 or Shs 265,000.
They then went to Ms Nakayiki’s apartment but on reaching Ms Nakayiki’s house, she allegedly started demanding another Rs 5,000. The duo got into an argument over the issue which ended in Mr Sood stabbing Ms Nakayiki 18 times.