Indians in Kinshasa attacked over killing of Congolese man in Delhi
Several shops and establishments run by Indians in the Congolese capital Kinshasa were attacked during a protest over the death of Masonda Ketada Oliver in Delhi last week. “It has come to the notice of our mission in Kinshasa that some Indian establishments and shops in the commercial areas were attacked on May 23 and May 25 as a reaction perhaps to the killing of the Congolese national in New Delhi last Friday," foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“It has also been reported that there were some gunshots fired injuring a couple of Indians living in the area. Our Ambassador took up the matter immediately with the Congolese Foreign Ministry,” he said.
There are around 5,000 Indians in the country. Oliver was beaten to death last week in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi following a brawl over the hiring of an autorickshaw.
Following the attacks on Indians in Kinshasa, the Congolese deputy foreign minister, Antoine Boyamba requested for calm. "I appeal to our countrymen not to attack the Indians who have chosen the Congo as their country of residence. Those who live with us every day have nothing to do with what happened," Radio Okapi reported quoting Boyamba.
The family of the 28-year-old Congolese teacher is expected to arrive in Delhi on 28 May to collect his body.