The travellers belonging to the Hakki Pikki tribe from Sadashivapura of Shivamogga were arrested on October 4.

11 tribal people from Karnataka arrested in Rwanda in Africa families seek MEA interventionMinistry of External Affairs (left); Sushma Swaraj (right)
news MEA Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 09:05

A group of tribal people from Karnataka's Shivamogga have been arrested by the police in Rwanda in Africa. As many as 11 people belonging to the Hakki Pikki tribe from Sadashivapura of Shivamogga were arrested on October 4, reports Ramachandra V Gunari for The New Indian Express

According to the report, Hakki Pikki tribals visit African countries regularly for business purposes, mainly to sell off their herbal medicines. 

The incident came to light when one of the arrested persons Ranjian sent a photo via WhatsApp to Siddappa, the leader of the tribe. The photograph showed the group sitting on the floor outside a building. Following this, the families of the arrested persons approached the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police and with their help, reached out to the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Nasik Babu, the father of one of the arrested persons, told TNIE that they lost contact with the group after they received the photograph. The family suspect that their phones might have been taken away. 

He told the newspaper that the group were traveling with all necessary documents. 

According to the report, people belonging to Hakki Pikki group regularly visits African countries for trade, and generally go with their wives. 

 

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