Sushma Swaraj speaks to Yogi Adityanath following attack on Nigerian students in Greater Noida

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday about the alleged attack on African students in Noida after a foreign student pleaded with her for swift action, saying living in the area was becoming a "life-threatening" issue.

File image of Sushma Swaraj. AFP

File image of Sushma Swaraj. AFP

Swaraj said the central government was taking immediate action and that the UP chief minister had assured her of a fair and impartial investigation into this "unfortunate" incident.

Four Nigerian students had earlier on Monday sustained severe injuries after being attacked by a group of local residents in Greater Noida's Pari Chowk area in Uttar Pradesh, according to The Times of India. The incident took place on Monday evening when local residents raised slogans demanding that all Africans living in residential colonies in Greater Noida be asked to vacate their rented houses immediately, according to The Times of India.

Following the incident, the Association of African Students in India on Tuesday asked its members in Greater Noida to remain inside their homes and not leave them until sufficient security measures are taken. “You are advised to not attend any lecture until we are granted maximum security,” the association said in a Facebook post.

The association also posted a video on Facebook detailing the attack on students of African descent with the caption "Attacked for no reason".

The protests came after five Nigerian students were picked by the police for their role in the death of the class 12th student reportedly due to a drug overdose on 25 March.

Swaraj in series of tweets on Tuesday said that she had spoken to the newly elected chief minister of Uttar Pradesh regarding the attack on African students in Greater Noida. She assured that a fair and impartial investigation into the matter will take place.

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", she said that the Central government was "seized of the matter".

"We are taking immediate action," she added.

Swaraj on Monday sought information from the Uttar Pradesh government over the arrest of some African nationals for their alleged role in the death of a class 12 student in Noida.

The Hindu reported that the deceased, Manish Khatri, who was a student of Class 12 in a private school had gone missing on Friday evening and was found in an intoxicated state near his residence the next day.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he died during treatment. His family later lodged a complaint against five Nigerian nationals accusing them of drugging him, The Hindu reported.

According to The Times of India, the locals had permission to organise a peaceful protest at Pari Chowk on Monday, but the situation suddenly went out of control. Police officials were present to maintain law and order at the venue but some of the protesters suddenly turned into a mob on spotting a few Nigerians near the spot of protest.

NDTV reported that the police said they used batons to control the mob that attacked the Africans Monday evening. Three Nigerians were admitted to a nearby hospital with injuries. Seven local residents have been arrested, according to NDTV. Also, the police have identified and traced 54 locals who were part of the mob that beat up the Nigerians.

The Greater Noida police, according to NDTV, said they have video-graphed the attackers and will initiate legal action against them. Security has been strengthened in areas where the Africans, mostly students in Greater Noida's universities, live.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Mar 28, 2017 10:39 am | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2017 12:10 pm


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