March 25, 2023

Concern over two Indians missing in Kenya, Ministry of External Affairs came into action

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Nairobi. Concern is increasing over two Indians missing in Kenya. One of them is Zulfikar Khan, former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Balaji Telefilms, while the other missing person’s name is Mohammad Zaid Sami. There is no trace of them since July 21. After the Indian Ministry of External Affairs expressed concern about the safety of these missing Indians, the Kenyan administration has promised to take quick steps to trace them.

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Nordin M Haji said in a statement that Khan and Sami were still untraceable. An inquiry report in this regard will be submitted at the earliest.

Regarding these two Indians, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday that in this case the Indian High Commission has urged President William Samoi Ruto to expedite its investigation. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi, while answering questions from reporters, said, “We are in regular contact with the government of Kenya to trace the two missing Indians, Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan and Zaid Sami Kidwai.”

Bagchi said Kenya’s High Commissioner in New Delhi was also summoned to the ministry on 23 October and “he was apprised of our concerns in this matter”. “Our High Commission in Kenya is in touch with the families of both the missing Indians and is providing them support,” he said. He said that the Foreign Affairs Unit (IAU) of the Kenya Police is actively investigating the matter.

“The circumstances surrounding the kidnapping (of Indians) and the lack of information about it are disturbing and we hope a detailed investigation will be conducted into the matter,” Bagchi said. He said that it has been learned that several people have been detained in this case, including officers of the recently disbanded Special Services Unit of the Kenya Police.

In fact, Dennis Itumbi, a digital strategist who worked on Ruto’s election campaign, had predicted the death of Khan and Sami in a Facebook post recently. Itumbi said that Khan was part of the expedition. (with language input)

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