African students attacked; CM assures impartial probe

The incident occurred in the Delhi suburb of Noida late Monday when locals staging a protest about the death of a teenage boy turned violent, leading to attacks on African students, mostly Nigerians, shopping in the area.

Sushma Swaraj had spoken to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath about the alleged attack on African students in Noida after a foreign student pleaded with her for swift action.

The surprising incident, involving 300 Indians, acts as a controversial reaction to the death of Manish Singh. "Africans are not secure in this country", Samuel Jack, president of the Association of African Students in India, said.

After attacks on Nigerian students in Greater Noida near Delhi, the country has asked India to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

Law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and are investigating into this matter, said the MEA spokesman.

"We are condemning racial attacks on Indians in U.S. and Australia, and at the same time racial attacks in our country can not be justified".

Reports from the local police say about 10 people had been confirmed wounded because of the riot.

"I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida".

Five Nigerian students were attacked on Monday by crowds, while another was beaten by a mob inside a shopping mall. While in order to build trust among resident Africans, the senior police officers took out a flag march from Kasna police station to various parts of Greater Noida. "I have no words for people like this", said another Nigerian national.

"It is therefore, a concern to us that Nigerian students in that place were harassed, beaten up and many of them were seriously injured".

Earlier, a Tanzanian student was attacked and partially stripped by a mob in Bangalore. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, today said, "Not apt to comment till there is a result of the investigation".

  • Leroy Wright