Police and UPDF on Tuesday morning used live bullets to disperse angry residents in Atiak trading center, Atiak sub-county in Amuru district.
Amuru district police commander [DPC] Emmanuel Bwambale says the irate protesters [residents] had stormed Atiak Police station with intention of lynching a trailer driver who knocked dead a 5 year old boy, Oyerwot Emmanuel.
Mr. Bwambale says after knocking the boy dead, the driver of a trailer registration number KBR 363P drove to the police station for safety.
“They demanded police to release the suspect and hand him over to them so that they lynch him,” Amuru DPC told our reporter, Denis Otti on Tuesday.
“Police officers at the station were forced to fire live bullets to disperse the protesters ‘armed’ with stones and clubs and were advancing towards the police station,” he added.
According to the DPC, the protest was quickly controlled by the intervention of the army from Bibia barrack.
Two people were reportedly shot at, an eyewitness, Isaac Okot, in an interview with our reporter says.
The trailer wind screen was smashed by the angry residents. It was heading towards Elegu boarder, the Aswa region police spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema says.
Mr. Okema also said both live bullets and teargas was fired to calm the situation.
Asked about the identity of the trailer driver, and those shot at, he [DPC Bwambale] said he was not ready to unveil their identities, adding that investigation was ongoing.
However, this contemporary news website managed to obtain the names of those shot at. Amarorwot Gifty’s leg was shot and ravaged while Akech Jennifer, 36, was shot in the lower abdomen.
The Amuru district LC5 chairperson Michael Lakony, expressed worries, saying businesses at the trading centre was affected.
“Many people escaped and went into hiding,” he added.
Linda Agness Auma – the Amuru Resident District Commissioner [RDC] confirmed the shooting saying: “I’m aware two people were shot at. But my DPC and OC station are handling the matter. I will get back to you [TND News Uganda] with a clear report.”