Mob attacks Indian businesses in Congo amid furore over student’s death in India

Kinshasa, August 13 (KMS): A mob attacked Indian businesses and vehicles in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Thursday.

The police said this is a part of the ongoing fallout from a Congolese student’s death in Indian police custody last week.

Joël Malu, a Congolese student was arrested in Bengaluru on August 01 on suspicion of drug possession. He died in the police custody next day. Malu’s death sparked clashes between African students in the city and baton-wielding Indian police personnel in Bengaluru the following day.

African diplomats have complained in the past about racism against their citizens living in India, especially since 2016 when a Congolese man was beaten to death in New Delhi.

Congo’s police said the mob on Thursday ransacked the Indian shops and warehouses, set a car on fire and stoned three other vehicles in Kinshasa’s Limete neighbourhood in response to a false rumour that a second Congolese national had died in India.