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70 Suspected Thugs Arrested From Jinja Show Ground

The suspects are wanted for stealing property and money from exhibitors and show goers at Jinja show ground.
Some of the suspects who were arrested in the trade show.

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At least 70 suspected thugs were picked up during the just concluded Agriculture and Trade show in Jinja district. The suspects are wanted for stealing property and money from exhibitors and show goers at Jinja show ground.

They are locked up at Jinja Central police station as they wait for screening this Monday. There was chaos during the operation to nab the suspects on Saturday.

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The thugs assaulted Jimmy Musonge, one of the exhibitors, on the head and ran off with his money as he lay unconscious.

Eyewitnesses, who were exhibiting tree seedlings next to Musonge, say a group of about 30 men donning black t-shirts stormed their stalls and started assaulting whoever crossed their path.

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Silvano Odwori, an exhibitor in the African Fabric section says he was attacked by about 20 thugs but managed to fight them off and recovered his phone and money.

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Peter Ken Lochap, the Jinja Resident District Commissioner, who chaired the 2018 Agricultural and Trade show security committee, has confirmed the arrests.

He says the thugs cut the fence and jumped into the show grounds before they started attacking their victims.

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The Agriculture and Trade show is held annually to help manufacturers, innovators, breeders and agro input dealers to exhibit their merchandise and new technologies.