Swiss couple attacked in Agra: Govt monitoring progress of Quentin Jeremy Clerc, says Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday the government is monitoring the progress of Swiss national Quentin Jeremy Clerc, who along with his friend Marie Droz, was admitted to a hospital here after being attacked by four youths in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri.

PTI October 26, 2017 20:58:35 IST
Swiss couple attacked in Agra: Govt monitoring progress of Quentin Jeremy Clerc, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday the government is monitoring the progress of Swiss national Quentin Jeremy Clerc, who along with his friend Marie Droz, was admitted to a hospital here after being attacked by four youths in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri.

Swaraj also said while Droz has been discharged, Clerc is improving.

Swiss couple attacked in Agra Govt monitoring progress of Quentin Jeremy Clerc says Sushma Swaraj

File image of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

In a series of tweets, the minister said, "our Joint Secretary S Bhattacharjee and Indian Ambassador-designate to Switzerland CB George met Swiss nationals Clerc and Marie Droz in the hospital this morning".

She also tweeted that these officials spoke to the doctors concerned who told them that while Droz has been discharged, Clerc is improving.

"We are monitoring his progress in the hospital," she added.

Earlier, the Swiss embassy said it "confirms that two Swiss citizens were attacked in India. In the framework of consular protection services, the Embassy is providing support to them. For reasons of privacy and data protection, the Embassy cannot communicate any further information in this regard."

The couple from Lausanne in Switzerland were chased and attacked on Sunday with stones and sticks by the group of four youths in the tourist town of Fatehpur Sikri, about 40 kilometre from Agra, according to media accounts of the incident.

The incident prompted both Swaraj and Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons to write to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who said two attackers have been arrested.

Alphons said he was "deeply concerned" over the incident that could have a negative impact on the image of the country.

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