African man killed in south Delhi, police probe racism angle
A 23-year-old man from Congo was killed by a group of unidentified men in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj on Friday night, police said. The foreign national, who was attacked with stones, succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
A senior police officer said the crime took place at around 11:45 pm when the Congo native MT Olivia, who had come to Kishangarh, had an argument with three men. What the argument was or why Olivia was in Kishangarh at that hour is yet to be ascertained.
Following the argument, Olivia was attacked by the group. The African tried to escape but was chased for about 20-25 metres before he was stoned.
Another group of locals rescued Olivia and informed the police. He was rushed to the All India Institute for Medical Science (Aiims), where he later died.
“A case of murder has been registered (against unknown persons). We are checking CCTV footage to identify the accused,” additional deputy commissioner of police (South), Nupur Prasad said.
Police said the case is being investigated from several angles, including robbery and personal enmity. The possibility of it being racial attack has not been ruled out either.
The locals who rescued Olivia could not identify the perpetrators or say what had led to the incident.
The Embassy of Congo was informed of the incident.
Olivia lived in South Extension area and taught foreign languages at a private institute here.
The incident comes just months after a Tanzanian woman was allegedly stripped and beaten on the streets in Bengaluru after a road accident.
The Karnataka government had suspended six police officers including a senior official in connection with the alleged assault, even as African students staged a rally over the incident.
On a mission to build confidence among African students, the Tanzanian envoy had backed the steps taken by the government in connection with the incident.