Nigerian Living In India Dies After Argument With Landlord Over Rent
Igwe Francis, a Nigerian living in India has reportedly died under unexplainable circumstances in the country.
The 36-year-old Francis died moments after he got into an argument with his former landlord, in southwest Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, on January 6th, 2017.
The incident took place shortly after Francis and his former landlord, Liaquat Ali, argued over claims that Francis owed Rs 30,000 in rent.
According to Delhi Police reports, since Francis was not fluent in English, Ali wrote the figure “30,000” on a signboard at the spot.
Both of them then got into a tussle, after which Francis made a run for it.
Police say, an eye witness reported that after Francis had run about 200 metres away, he collapsed on the road.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital which unfortunately didn’t have life-saving equipment.
Francis was then taken to Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. DCP (southwest) Surender Kumar said
Delhi Police Chief (southwest) Surender Kumar said initial investigation revealed Francis had bruises on his body.
“As per the initial report doctors gave us, he had an injury on the back of his head.
“We are yet to establish if he hurt himself or if he was beaten up.
“We have questioned at least 25 people, but none of them said he was beaten up.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation.”
Kumar said the Nigerian Ministry of External Affairs has been informed about the incident.
Nigerian Living In India Dies After Argument With Landlord
Presently, Francis’ former landlord, Ali is being questioned and investigation will be complete within 30 days.
Police sources said a case was filed after the medical report revealed a head injury.
On January 8, Ali was booked under IPC Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
The case was filed on the basis of a complaint byFrancis’ brother, whom he called minutes before he collapsed.
According to the FIR, Francis said over the phone that he was “being attacked”.
The brother, who did not wish to be named, said:
“I received a call from him that his previous landlord was harassing him.
“He called me again saying he was being attacked and needed my help.
“A few minutes later, when I arrived, I found him lying unconscious on the road.”
He alleged that Francis was dragged inside a garage and beaten up by three people.
Francis’ brother said he “managed to escape but collapsed on the road.”