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Congo man beaten to death: He came to Delhi looking for a better life

Sam, who was with Olivier Friday night, said he was a witness to the brutal attack on his friend.

Written by Kedar Nagarajan | New Delhi | Published: May 22, 2016 2:03 am
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Masonda Ketanda Olivier, who was beaten to death by a group of men Friday night, would have turned 24 Saturday. “He was attacked and killed the night before his birthday,” said his friend Sam.

Sam, who was with Olivier Friday night, said he was a witness to the brutal attack on his friend.

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He and Olivier had gone to a friend’s residence in Kishangarh to borrow some money for the birthday celebrations, said Sam.

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“He summoned an auto while I went to buy a cigarette. When I came back, I saw the men assaulting him … when he tried to run, they gave chase and beat him up. They wanted to catch the same auto and hurled racial slurs at Olivier,” said Sam, who hails from Ivory Coast. He said when he tried to intervene, the men “punched” him.

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Still in shock over the incident, Sam said his friend was “a shy and helpful person who never went looking for any trouble.”

“He definitely did not deserve to go this way. I used to be his roommate. All of us here in India are close to each other because we speak the same language and identify with one another,” he said.

Jay, an acquaintance of Olivier, said, “A lot of people in this city look at me and my group of friends and assume that we are here illegally. That assumption is the reason why we are victims of a lot of implied hatred and anger. The embassy can prove that Olivier, I and many of us are here legally, with valid visas. Stereotyping and profiling often lands us in trouble, but this time it is clear who committed the crime.”

Olivier’s friends said all of them have faced such judgmental assumptions and discrimination in the city earlier, but they never imagined such prejudice could end up in a murder. “Many of my brothers (friends) are extremely troubled by the news of Olivier’s death. None of us can even imagine him being in a fight, I did not know him very well, but he was an introvert who kept away from disputes,” said Jay.

Both Jay and Sam said they have lived in Delhi for years and the city had virtually become their second home. “We really hope that action is taken against the perpetrators. He was young and had come here looking for a better education and life than what he would have gotten back home… there is no point in saying anything more than this,” they said.

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    Andy
    May 31, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    I just hate this Malian ambador speaks on bbc focus on Africa, he is speaking with fair, his afraid to sad what is happening now? If he said what is going on will them come after him, lt;br/gt;Please let the Malian ambador in India should say direct words instead let he get security is about death there're talking about, everyone saying exactly what's happening in India he driving around the word with scared ( haves him collated bribes?)
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      Bikram Dhawan
      May 21, 2016 at 9:43 pm
      Disgusting.... We Indians are probably the most racist humans on earth. Had the poor guy been a white Caucasian he would have got the opposite treatment. These young Africans came to INdia looking for a better life, but get a shock when they realize the cunning mentality of Indians. I have known a few and I feel most of these people from Africa are million times more loyal and trustworthy than most Indians. I hope the Police actually do something in this case and the psychopaths are either hanged or locked up for the rest of their lives.
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      1. Jonathan Small
        Jun 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm
        There are so many problems with the way things like these are handled. When there is clear evidence about what happened, then what is the delay in sentencing the accused? Death penalty is a must in cases like these. Only then criminals will learn. The time is not far before the African nationals start retaliating to the violence done against them. When that happens I don't know what the government will do.
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          Jaspal Singh
          May 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm
          Shift over from authoritarian education to liberal education.
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            Manu
            May 30, 2016 at 8:43 am
            these criminals are definitely sanghis. ask them whom they voted last time. they all voted for modi. these criminal racial mind set is all over the world in different forms , here in Idia they are sanghis.
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