A mob of local people attacked Indians in the Ugandan capital Kampala and killed one Indian on Thursday. A Hindu temple was also attacked by the mob later in the day. Now, the Indians are living with a terrified state of mind in Uganda.
The mob was reportedly protesting against the proposed expansion plan of an Indian sugar firm. The government has approved to cut down a protected rain forest for the expansion of Indian sugar mill.
According to the report, people were protesting against the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (Scoul) that is a part of the Mehta group, an Indian firm. The sugar firms have planned to expand the sugar estates by cutting the Mabira rain forest.
Mabira rain forest has been a natural reserve in the country since 1932. This rain forest is also Uganda’s last remaining patches of natural forest.
However, the government has deployed troops to control the situation as the local police couldn’t control the rioters attacking Indians.
The controversy over the expansion plan had started last year when the Ugandan government had taken an initiative to go for a study and had planned to cut down about a third of Mabira rain forest.
The government’s proposal had irked the Ugandan people who were against the cutting the forest for the economic benefits.
Asian business community closed down their shops in Kampala on Friday they preferred to be remain in homes with their children. Some of the Indians said that they are living under great fear and they are worried about their properties.