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Statement on death of African student in Delhi Mr. Masunda Kitada Oliver

May 25, 2016

We have seen the statement made by African HOMs. The death of a post-graduate African student in Delhi Mr. Masunda Kitada Oliver is indeed very unfortunate and we condemn the incident unequivocally.

Secretary (Economic Relations) Shri Amar Sinha who handles relations with Africa, met a group of African HOMs yesterday, including the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Eritrea. He explained to them that immediately on receipt of information on the incident MEA got in touch with Delhi Police, which acted promptly. Two suspects have already been arrested while one is on the run. We will ensure that justice is done and stringent punishment given to those involved in the attack.

Secretary (ER) also pointed out that all criminal acts should not be seen as racially-motivated. Thousands of African students continue to pursue their education in India without any issues. Government of India deeply values its relations with foreign students, particularly those from Africa with which India has had a historically close relationship. We will ensure that African students continue to find a welcome home in India and such unfortunate incidents do not recur.

External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj is personally monitoring the matter. She has asked Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. VK Singh to meet the Heads of Missions of African countries and assure them of the government’s support to safety and security of the African nationals. Gen. VK Singh will also hold meetings with African students in metro cities to assure them of their safety and security. We will request State Governments to depute Commissioner of Police in all such meetings.

New Delhi
May 25, 2016

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