The Indian embassy in Kinshasa, Congo, has urged all Indian nationals to “keep a low profile” for the next couple of days after some shops belonging to Indians were attacked and a few Indians injured, apparently in retaliation to the killing of a Congolese national in New Delhi last week. The Indian embassy, in a statement, said chief of police in Kinshasa, General Jean De Dieu Oleko, has assured the embassy that everything will be done to secure the life and property of all Indians residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It said that police have already been deployed in the commercial area and that every effort is being made by local authorities to defuse the situation. It requested all Indian nationals to “stay calm, avoid any confrontation or arguments and generally keep a low profile for the next couple of days.” The embassy, while deeply regretting on behalf of the Indian government the killing of the Congolese national in New Delhi, said it had conveyed to the Congolese authorities about the steps being taken in India to arrest the culprits, one of whom has been arrested, and prosecute the perpetrators. In New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said some shops in Congo were attacked in retaliation to the killing of Masonda Ketada Olivier, 29, in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi following an altercation with some men over the hiring of an autorickshaw. According to reports, hundreds of protestors allegedly forced Indian shopkeepers to keep their businesses shut and attacked their property in Kinshasa.
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