Indians attacked in Congo after murder of Congolese youth in Delhi

Indians attacked in Congo after murder of Congolese youth in Delhi

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-26 18:24 New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today said shops of some of the Indians in Congo were attacked in reaction to the brutal killing of a Congolese youth in Delhi. Addressing a press briefing here, MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said some of the Indian nationals sustained injuries in the attack. "Our embassy in Congo in touch with local authorities and as of now things have calmed down," he said. Asserting that India's relations with Congo go back many years, Swarup said thousands of African students continue to benefit from the Indian education system, adding the country will ensure full safety to them. In wake of the brutal murder of a Congolese youth in South Delhi's Vasant Kunj on May 20, the government has decided that Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh would be meeting the African Heads of Missions every three months. According to sources, General (Retd.) Singh, who met the Dean and a few representatives of African HOMs yesterday, strongly condemned the murder of the African student and assured them strongest legal action would be taken against the accused. It has also been decided that the Minister of State for External Affairs will also do an outreach event with the African students along with concerned Embassies to reassure them of safety. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier said that has asked her colleague in theMEA to meet the heads of missions of African countries in the national capital and assure them of the government's commitment to safety and security of African nationals in India. Earlier on May 21, the Delhi Police detained one person in connection with the murder case. 23-year-old Oliva was on his was home when he got into an argument with three to four persons. The argument later led to a fight after which the African youth was chased and beaten with sticks and stones. He was then rushed to a nearby private hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police have launched a probe into the matter and are trying to ascertain whether the attack was racially motivated, a fight turning ugly, a robbery attempt or a case of personal enmity. The cops are also looking for any CCTV footage that might have recorded this brutal act. (ANI)