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15th August 2018

An Indian National Commits Suicide Leaving Residents in Kenema in Shock!

By Philip Koroma (12/08/18)

Kenema, the headquarter town in the east of Sierra Leone, is grappling with the sad news following the alleged suicide of an Indian national.


Reports say the Indian national identified as Kunvwer Sighs allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself and was reportedly found dead around 2 pm on Monday 6th August 2018.

The late Kunvwer Sighs, until his death, was an employee working at the Punjab Distillery, an Indian owned company based in Kenema town.

Police sources say the corpse of the late Indian has been conveyed to the Government Hospital in Kenema where a postmortem is expected to be performed to ascertain the cause or causes of his sad death.

Kenema town is not noted for suicide cases and this latest sad incident has really shocked the inhabitants whose peaceful existence has been an envy of many in the country.

As we go to press, it is confirmed that staff members at the Punjab Distillery company are currently helping the police in their investigations.

Meanwhile, the distillery in Kenema City, manufacturing hard rums including Rambo Dry Gin, Café Rum, Army Bitter, Black Bull, Black Horse Old Soldier Herbal and Try Me, was shut down by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

The shut down on Wednesday, 19th March 2014 took place in the presence of police officers and the press. The main distribution shop and the processing machines were shut down almost simultaneously as soon as the order letter was handed over to the authority concerned.

Senior Regional Environment Protection Officer, Ibrahim Mohamed Turay, the Pakistani owned distillery was ordered to shut down because it did not meet requirements set out in the First Schedule of the EPA Act 2008 and amended in 2010.

He said environmental impact of Punjab Distillery has not been appropriately assessed by the agency to determine the impact of its operations on the environment in its operational area and the impact this may have on residents in Kenema District.


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