Indian Envoy Summoned Over Attacks On Students Near Delhi: Nigerian Media

The Association of African students said today that the woman, Maria Burendi, had given false information to the police. "He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident", Swaraj said.

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar spoke to the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and apprised of steps being taken by local authorities for safety and security of Nigerian nationals.

Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested five people in the matter.

The attacks on African students in India are disturbing for both their racism and their parallels.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj promised "immediate action" after a Nigerian student begged her for help, saying living in the area had become a "life-threatening issue".

Earlier on Tuesday, an association of African students demanded adequate security after the Tuesday's assault on Nigerians in Greater Noida even as the UP government assured a thorough probe into the incident.

The statement added that the police in Noida have registered a First Information Report against nine people on charges including attempt to murder in relation to the attack at the protest. "It has been conveyed to us that the understanding of Kenyan authorities is that the reported incident of attack on the Kenyan woman in question does not correspond to reality", said Baglay. He confirmed that the situation is calm and is pleased with the prompt actions of the Nigerian Chargé d'affaires in India and the Indian government so far.

Africans living in northern India are locking themselves into their homes after a spate of mob attacks left several people hospitalised.

Indians organized a counterprotest on Monday, which turned violent and climaxed with about 500 to 600 people attacking two Nigerian students in a Noida shopping mall. "Firstly, 19 year-old boy died and thereafter there was an attack on a Nigerian student.On behalf of Uttar Pradesh CM and myself, I want to assure that there will impartial probe", she said, as per PTI.

Police let the students go after they found no evidence to suggest they were involved in the boy's death - sparking the riot. His parents blame Nigerian students for giving him the drugs.

After that, African ambassadors in New Delhi threatened to advise students from their countries to avoid universities in the capital for their own safety.

  • Salvatore Jensen