Violence continue to intensify between DR Congo and India in the aftermath of the death of a DR Congo student suspected to have been killed by Indian police last week.
Indian businesses and properties, including vehicles were attacked in DR Congo’s capital of Kinshasa on Thursday, August 12, as Congolese seek to avenge the death of their fellow citizen.
Police in the capital city of Kinshasa said that a crowd looted several shops, warehouses, including the destruction of three vehicles after a false alarm was raised to the effect that another student had been attacked and killed in India.
The unrest had been provoked by the death of Joël Malu, a Congolese studying in Bangalore, India. Protest erupted in India on Monday, August 9, with about six African nationals getting injured from a police confrontation in Southern Bangalore.
27-year-old Joël Malu was arrested by police a fortnight ago for allegedly being in possession of psychotropic drugs. He died on Monday [August 9] in detention, with police blaming his death on a cardiac arrest, but this is not being accepted by African nationals in India and in the deceased’s home country of DR Congo.
Demonstrators accused police of falsely detaining the victim, had him killed in detention before blaming a cardiac arrest for his death.
Widespread demonstrations have taken place since Joël Malu’s demise, with police in India arresting dozens of the demonstrators.