African na­tional beaten to death in New Delhi

Con­golese man got into a fight with lo­cals over hir­ing an auto rick­shaw

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Ri­tika Jain

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.

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