Nigeria Summons Envoy to India: Sushma Swaraj Condemns Attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 21:46
The violence came after police released five African students detained over the youth's death without bringing charges, citing a lack of evidence.
Africans living in northern India are locking themselves into their homes after a spate of mob attacks left several people hospitalised. "He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident", she had tweeted.
A video posted by the Association of African Students in India (AASI), which went viral on social media, showed a group of men attacking a few people, who appear to be of African descent, in the mall.
Noting that law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and are investigating the matter, he said, "They are also taking necessary steps to keep the situation under control". "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.
The Indian ambassador to Nigeria called the incident deplorable and said Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has issued a statement condemning the incident.
In a second attack the same evening, a Nigerian student was assaulted by a mob inside the Ansal Plaza mall. At least four people were reportedly attacked in the streets.
The envoy said that five of the seven accused persons had been arrested while security operatives were on the trail of the remaining two.
"The government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all foreigners in India".
Another Nigerian national was attacked in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Nigerians, living in Delhi and adjoining areas, are alleged to be involved in drug peddling, which often leads to clashes with local residents.
The latest attack stemmed from the death of Manish Khari, 16, from an apparent drug overdose.
"We are in touch with the Nigerian High Commission in New Delhi".
In a new wave of violent attacks, Nigerian students have become a target in India. "We had assembled at the Kasna police station to raise demand to release the two arrested students without proper investigation".