MEA official meets deceased Congolese national's family

New Delhi: India on Monday assured the family of the Congolese national, who was killed in a brawl here on May 20, of a speedy trial in the case and prosecution of all those responsible for the crime as per law.

This was conveyed by a senior official of External Affairs Ministry (MEA) who met the family members of Masonda Ketada Oliver at the airport on their arrival here.

He also informed them that the government of India will bear all expenses related to dispatch of mortal remains of Oliver, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

He said that the family members thanked the Indian government for its assistance. They were told that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has instructed speedy trial in the case.

23-year-old Congolese national Oliver, who was a French teacher at a private institute, was beaten to death in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi following a brawl over hiring of an autorickshaw.

Envoys of African countries had expressed shock and outrage over the killing following which India assured them of safety of African nationals.

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