Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to take necessary steps and ensure that the case of murder of Oliver is tried by a fast track court.

The External Affairs Ministry, in a statement, said Swaraj was personally monitoring the matter and assured the African envoys that safety and security of their nationals
will be ensured.

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“She (Swaraj) has asked Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh to meet the Heads of Missions of African countries and assure them of the government’s support to safety and security of the African nationals.

“VK Singh will also hold meetings with African students in metro cities to assure them of their safety and security.

We will request State Governments to depute Commissioner of Police in all such meetings,” said the MEA statement.

The MEA said Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha who handles relations with Africa, met a group of African heads of missions yesterday, including the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Eritrea and assured them that stringent punishment will be given to those found guilty.

“Secretary (ER) also pointed out that all criminal acts should not be seen as racially-motivated. Thousands of African students continue to pursue their education in India without
any issues.

“Government of India deeply values its relations with foreign students, particularly those from Africa with which India has had a historically close relationship. We will ensure that African students continue to find a welcome home in India and such unfortunate incidents do not recur,” it said.

Sinha explained to them that immediately on receipt of information on the last week’s incident, the MEA got in touch with Delhi Police, which acted “promptly”.

“Two suspects have already been arrested while one is on the run. We will ensure that justice is done and stringent punishment given to those involved in the attack,” said the

Woldermariam said the envoys have expressed deep concerns that several attacks and harassment of African students in India “have gone unresolved without diligent prosecution and conviction of perpetrators.”

“They strongly condemn the brutal killing of the African and calls on the Indian government to take concrete steps to guarantee the safety and security of Africans in India,” he

He further said,”They have also decided not to participate in the celebrations, except the cultural troupe from the Kingdom Lesotho. This is because the African Community in India, including the students, are in a state of mourning in memory of the slain African students in the last few years including Mr Oliver.”

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