50 radicalised Indian youths have crossed over to 'other side': Sushma

Swaraj said the attack on a Nigerian student in Greater Noida took place during a candle light march against the death of a class XII student, allegedly due to drug overdose.

She said the government is committed to ensure the security and safety of foreign nationals in India.

Addressing the concerns raised over the safety of foreigners in India, Swaraj said, "You can't say our steps are inadequate".

"It is not right to connect with racism before probe ends". Calling the attacks as racial may be an over-statement but there was little justification in not responding adequately to complaints from the African diplomats.

Responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour, Swaraj said 50 radicalised Indian youth have crossed over to the other side (us taraf gaye).

Reacting to the incidents, the African envoys also accused the Indian Government of not taking enough action against the guilty and threatened to take up the matter with the United Nations.

"African envoys' statement on attacks on African students is unfortunate, painful and surprising", Sushma said. Citing the recent incidents of attacks on Indians in the U.S. and the killing of an Indian in Mozambique earlier, she said India did not dub them racially-inspired.

Earlier, dubbing the recent violence against African students in India as 'Xenophobic, ' Heads of African missions in India called for an independent investigation by the Human Rights Council as well as other human rights bodies into these incidents.

Some people who were holding a candle-light vigil for the student attacked the Nigerians, suspecting them of drug-running.

MEA's reaction came after Dean of African Head of Missions (HOM) termed the attacks as 'xenophobic'.

It is unfortunate that after all the effort that the Narendra Modi government has been making to reach out to nations in Africa for stronger political and economic ties, the recent incident of a brutal assault on some African youth by a mob in a mall in Greater Noida area of the National Capital Region has soured relations with the community in New Delhi.

  • Zachary Reyes