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Attacks on Africans: Five arrested in Noida

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By PTI Updated: Mar 28, 2017 11:34 pm
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Greater Noida : People holding a protest against African nationals over the death of a teenager alleged due to drug supplied by Nigerians, in Greater Noida on Monday. PTI Photo      (PTI3_28_2017_000162B)
People holding a protest against African nationals over the death of a teenager alleged due to drug supplied by Nigerians, in Greater Noida on Monday. 

 

Greater Noida/New Delhi, March 28 (PTI): Five people have been arrested in connection with attacks on African students in Noida, sparking concern over their safety and prompting intervention by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who has promised immediate action.

Swaraj spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after being approached by an African student who pleaded for action, describing the situation as “life threatening”.

Four Nigerian students were attacked by a group of Noida residents who took out a candle-light march yesterday after a 17-year-old boy Manish died last week due to suspected drug overdose.

The protest march was taken out after the police released some Nigerians detained for questioning in connection with Manish’s death.

Gautambudh Nagar: African nationals meeting SSP Dharmendra Yadav regaring the suspected racial attack on them by the local in Greater Noida, Gautambudh Nagar on Tuesday. PTI Photo   (PTI3_28_2017_000160B)
African nationals meeting SSP Dharmendra Yadav regaring the suspected racial attack on them by the local in Greater Noida, Gautambudh Nagar on Tuesday.

Following the incident, Nigerian High Commission officials went to meet the injured nationals and said they felt “unsafe”. A senior high commission official said the mission was in touch with the External Affairs Ministry on the issue.

In a series of tweets, Swaraj said, “I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident (sic).”

She was responding to a tweet from a student who requested her to “act fast as living for us in Noida is becoming a life threatening issue”.

Noting that the protesters became violent during the protest march and started beating up the Africans they saw on the road, Sujata Singh, Superintendent of Police, Greater Noida said, “They also went to Ansal Mall and caused havoc and beat up Africans there.

“The police then rescued them and moved them to a safe place,” she said.

“The police had to use force to dissuade people from attacking and arrested five people from the spot. Many of them who were there trying to play mischief have been identified as the entire event had been videographed,” Daljit Chaudhary, ADG Law and Order, told reporters in Greater Noida.

An FIR has been registered and action will be taken accordingly, he said.

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By PTI Updated: Mar 28, 2017 11:34:37 pm