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Police Investigate Death of Isingiro Cattle Trader Killed During Curfew Operation

Joker Patrick Rwabushenyi, a resident in Koranorya says that soldiers enforcing curfew arrested Baale who was taking soda at a shop and placed him in a vehicle before they sped off and threw him a few meters from the pump fuel station.

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Isingiro police are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of 38-year-old Puliita Bale, a cattle trader from Kamaya village in Ndiizi Town council. 

Rwabushenyi allegedly died minutes shortly after his arrest by security officers enforcing the nighttime curfew in Koranorya Trading Centre in Mbaare Bukanga Sub-county around 7 pm on Saturday.  

Joker Patrick Rwabushenyi, a resident in Koranorya says that soldiers enforcing curfew arrested Baale who was taking soda at a shop and placed him in a vehicle before they sped off and threw him a few meters from the pump fuel station. 

He says that they rushed to check what had happened only to find Bale dead.

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He says that the UPDF soldiers were in the company of one police officer attached to Bugango Police post. Agnes Kyokusiima, a trader in Koranorya, says that when the soldiers enforcing curfew arrived everyone rushed to close.

The officers seized Bale as he tried to get on his motorcycle. She says that they do not know what the soldiers did to Baale because they dumped him out of the vehicle just after about five minutes after arresting him. Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson told URN that he was yet to receive a brief on the incident. 

He promised to get information and get back to our reporter. Herbert Muhangi, the Isingiro Resident District Commissioner confirmed the incident, saying that the District Police Commander and UPDF Commandant in the district are at the scene to establish the cause of death. 

He says that they will not hesitate to arrest the officers behind the arrest, should investigations show that they indeed assaulted the deceased.  

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