Seven arrested in sweeping exercise in Dowa

Police in Dowa have arrested seven people during a sweeping exercise conducted between the night of Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

The sweeping exercise led by Dowa Police Station Criminal Investigation Officer Assistant Superintendent Chance Sibale was conducted at Dowa Turn Off, Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Chezi and Mvera Trading Centres aimed at reducing crime in the district.

The arrested suspects were on a police wanted list in Dowa District.

The suspects which their ages ranges from 16 to 56 will answer charges ranging from operating a clinic without a licence, defilement, unlawful wounding, arson and burglary and theft.

In a related development, a 43-year-old man in Dowa has hanged himself to the roof of his kitchen over unknown reasons.

The deceased Pilirani Chika of Mengwe 1 Village in Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa District committed suicide on Tuesday afternoon at Mengwe 1 Village.

It is reported that the deceased brother Haswell Chika received information that his brother Pilirani Chika had hanged himself to the roof of his kitchen.

Upon receipt of the matter, he rushed to the scene and confirmed about the incident and upon being questioned, the deceased wife expressed ignorance to have family disagreements for the past days.

The deceased wife further told his in-law that he left the deceased while preparing to go to the garden.

The matter was reported to police who in turn took the body to Dzaleka Health Centre where postmortem conducted revealed that death was caused due to suffocation secondary to strangulation. No foul play suspected.

Meanwhile, police in Dowa have expressed worry over the increase in suicide cases and advised the general public to refrain from committing suicide rather than seeking guidance from relevant authorities.

Sub Inspector Gladson M’bumpha,
Dowa Police Public Relations Officer (PRO).

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