Death of a Congolese man in police custody sparks protest in India | Police News | World Weekly


At least six nationals of African countries were injured during an altercation with police in Bengaluru over the alleged death in custody.

At least six citizens of African countries were injured during a brawl with police in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru over the death of a Congolese student while in custody, an official said.

Joel Shindani Malu, 27, was detained by police on Sunday for possession of a small amount of the banned psychoactive pill ecstasy, but died in custody early Monday after suffering a heart attack, an officer said on Monday.

He was diagnosed with bradycardia and underwent several rounds of CPR [Cardiopulmonary resuscitation] and other life-saving interventions but she died of suspected cardiac arrest.”

Protesters chant in front of JC Nagar Police Station in Bengaluru [AFP]

Following his death, several citizens of African countries organized a demonstration outside the police station and clashed with the policemen, resulting in the assault of an officer.

The Hindu newspaper said they are members of the “African Union”, a group set up to protect the rights of African students and professionals in the city.

The protesters refuted the police claim that Mallo died of a heart attack and accused them of falsely detaining him before the police used batons to repel the demonstrators and arrest dozens of demonstrators.

An injured man sits inside a truck after Bengaluru police attacked protesters with batons [AFP]

Police said they had opened an investigation into the death amid allegations that the deceased student was living “illegally” in India after his passport and visa expired in 2017.

The investigation into the death is conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission, including an investigation by a judicial judge. The Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Kamal Pant, relayed it on Twitter.

Citizens of African countries often accuse Indian police of racial bias and harassment.

Many claim that they are routinely detained on trumped-up drug charges and face discrimination on a daily basis.





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