KAMPALA – The police at Kiira Rd in Kampala are investigating a Friday morning incident in which city businessman Rajiv Ruparelia was beaten by police counterterrorism guards, and also knocked his dogs.
Mr. Rajiv, son to city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia said the police officers were in a speeding van, carrying a half dozen of police counter terrorism guards.
He said the officers could have harmed him if he had not been protected by the dogs, and his dog handler who came out to help. The handler was also beated to pulp.
The businessman, who is nursing injured from the brawl also allegedly suffered a racial slur by the charged police guards.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman was on Friday afternoon quoted in the media as saying that the matter was being investigated by Kiira Rd Police.
Speaking to PML Daily, Mr. Rajiv narrated that while taking a morning jog with his dogs, he saw a vehicle racing up on high speed and wanted to inquire from them why they were driving recklessly in a residential area.
“I stopped to tell them that it was not safe for anybody to drive this fast on a residential road,” he says.
This seems to have irked the party, with one of the officers reportedly angrily reporting: “This is not India! This is Uganda”.
The altecaration then insued into a brawl, with the police officers descending and beating Rajivs party, including his dog handler who had come out to help him.