African national beaten to death in New Delhi
Congolese man got into a fight with locals over hiring an auto rickshaw
New Delhi: Three locals in South Delhi’s Kishangarh area allegedly beat Congolese national Masonda Ketada Olivier to death late on Friday night. The incident came to light when passers- by came to the African’s rescue and took him to the trauma centre at the All India Institute of Medical Science ( AIIMS) where he was declared dead.
“A PCR call was received at 11: 44 pm about a quarrel with an African national near the CNG petrol pump,” said Ishwar Singh, deputy commissioner of police ( DCP), south, at a press conference held at the police headquarters here on Saturday. “When the police reached the spot, it was learnt that the PCR van had already taken the victim to the hospital where he was proclaimed dead,” Singh added.
“Onlookers recounted that the victim was chased for 20 metres and then beaten up by the assailants. He had injuries on his head and face,” a senior police officer said.
Olivier, a linguist who taught French privately, was attending a house party in Munirka along with a friend. Olivier came with his friend to Kishangarh, from where he was to make his way to South Extension alone. According to police officials, it was here that he got into an altercation with three local youths over hiring an auto rickshaw. It is presumed that the three locals beat up Olivier in anger and then smashed a rock at the Congolese national’s head.
“According to eyewitness reports, three youths who were involved have been identified. One has been arrested and teams have been dispatched to detain the remaining accused,” said Nupur Prasad, additional DCP, south. “According to eyewitness, since the fight was majorly over an auto rickshaw, hate crime and the racial angle has been ruled out for now,” Prasad added.
The accused have been identified as 23- year- old Mobin Azad Saifi, Prakash – both residents of Mehrauli and Mukesh from Chattarpur. Saifi has been arrested and police authorities are on the lookout for the remaining accused. Saifi was produced at the Patiala House Court before the duty metropolitan magistrate on Saturday and charged under Section 302/ 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
During interrogation, it came to light that Saifi has a previous criminal record and has already spent 2.5 months in Tihar Jail.