Congolese national's murder: V.K. Singh to meet African envoys

In the aftermath of a Congolese national's murder here last week and the African diplomatic community seeking strong action from the government, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will meet heads of African missions to assure the country's nationals' safety and security in India. "I have asked my colleague General V.K. Singh to meet the heads of missions of African countries and assure them of Indian government's commitment to the security of African nationals," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Wednesday. "V.K. Singh will also hold meetings with African students in metro cities to assure them of their safety and security," she said. Masonda Ketada Oliver, 29, was beaten to death by three youths around 11.30 p.m. on Friday after a verbal altercation over the hiring of an auto-rickshaw near Kishangarh village in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi. On Tuesday, African heads of mission held a meeting here regarding the incident following which they issued a statement seeking strong action from the government. The heads of mission stated that they were being left with little option but to advise their respective governments against new students to India. "The Group of African Heads of Mission have met and deliberated extensively on this incidence in the series of attacks to which members of the African community have been subjected to in the last several years," the statement by Ambassador of Eritrea Alem Tsehage Woldemariam, who is also dean of the Group of African Heads of Mission, said late Tuesday. "They strongly condemn the brutal killing of the African and calls on the Indian government to take concrete steps to guarantee the safety and security of Africans in India," it said.

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