Nairobi: Bunty Shah, the 32-year-old Indian-origin Kenyan businessman, was killed in a case of mistaken identity during an anti-terror operation in capital Nairobi’s last month, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
Swaraj said Kenyan security forces were conducting anti-terror operations on the building across the Shah’s residence in Westlands, an affluent neighbourhood in Nairobi.
“Bunty thought this as an intrusion by armed burglars and fired in the air. The security forces returned the fire resulting in Bunty’s death,” Ms Swaraj said in a series of tweets today, citing a report received from the high commissioner in Nairobi.
She said Kenyan Police had “regretted” the incident and the high commission told to provide all help and assistance to the family. The minister on Saturday had asked the Indian mission for a report after a woman, Netra Parikh, brought the incident to her attention on Twitter.
Bunty’s death in the shootout had sparked widespread outrage in Kenya.