Angry mob attacks Africans in India after teen's death

30 March, 2017, 01:50 | Author: Essie Rivera

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also tweeted: "I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida".

"I have spoken to Adityanathji about (the) attack on African students in Greater Noida".

Five people have been arrested by the police in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the attack.

Police have registered a case under sections of rioting, unlawful assembly, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt of the Indian Penal Code. "She has lodged a formal complaint and alleged that four to five men attacked her. People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners", he said.

"On the issue of Nigerian students attacked in India, the Nig HC is on it while the MFA will issue a statement soon", she posted on her twitter timeline.

With the situation getting tense for the people of African ethnicity in the last four days, in a separate incident a woman from Kenya was allegedly pulled out from an Ola cab and was beaten up.

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"They don't want to call it a racist attack against Africans", said Ezeugo Nnamdi Lawrence, university coordinator with the Association of African Students in India (AASI).

Five people were arrested over the assault in Greater Noida in which the students were beaten with sticks and metal chairs, with police examining CCTV footage to identify other attackers.

"I never understood why they started beating me".

Africans living in India have frequently faced discrimination and even violence, and are often accused of involvement in illegal drug trade. African students in the New Delhi neighborhood of Chhatarapur reported paying 15,000 rupees ($225) a month for a single room and bathroom that would normally rent for 6,000 to 7,000 rupees.

Last year, a Congolese national was stoned to death in a dispute over an auto-rickshaw. He was trying to escape but the people thrashed him mercilessly.After sometimes, 3 or 4 police officials came there and dispersed the violent mob and saved the victim man.

"We come to India to live in peace but if we were assaulted then we are not going to keep quiet and raise voice against it", said Lawrence, a Nigerian national.

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