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Four Nigerian Students Attacked by Locals in India | 7 Suspects Arrested as Authorities Begin Investigation

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The victims: (From Left) Endurance Amarawa, Ibgiya Malu Chukwuma, Precious Amalsima were admitted in Kailash Hospital post-violence on Monday evening in Greater Noida. Photo Credit: Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times

Four Nigerian students were wounded in an attack on them by Indian nationals in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The attack came after a candle light march was held in honour of an India student who died of a suspected drug overdose. Five Nigerian students in the neighbourhood were detained in connection to the case, but were later released for lack of evidence.

The victim, Manish Khari, 16, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida’s NSG Black Cats had gone missing last Friday evening.

Times of India reports that locals who claimed to have seen the boy last with a group of Nigerians, raided their (Nigerians) houses and accused them of cannibalism.

According to an eyewitness: “The crowd was peaceful until it reached Pari Chowk, but went out of control at the sight of Africans in the market. The protesters roughed up many black people until police intervened and baton-charged to disperse them.”

Another victim of the attack. Photo Credit: Hindustan Times

Locals are also protesting that Africans should be evicted from the area.

“The population of Africans is growing in Greater Noida, which is increasingly becoming a menace to locals,” a resident, Sher Singh Bhati was quoted as saying.

The protesters. Photo Credit: Hindustan Times

Indian authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the attack and about seven persons have been arrested.

 

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj promised “immediate action” after a Nigerian student begged her for help, saying living in the area had become a “life-threatening issue”.

“I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident,” she said on Twitter, referring to the state in which the incident occurred.

“I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida,” she added.

Noida police chief Dharmendra Singh said four Nigerians were admitted to hospitals and seven locals were arrested for the mob violence.

“Some people tried to give the incident a racial twist and there has been hate-mongering over the social media. Three hundred people are listed in the police complaint and more arrests are likely soon in raids,” he said.

A car vandalised during the attack. Photo Credit: Hindustan Times

Attacks on Africans have been reported at regular intervals in India in recent years.

Hindustan Times reports that the attack in coming less than a week after a 23-year-old man from Congo was stoned to death by three people in Kishangarh village near Vasant Kunj.

Last May, a Congolese student was beaten to death in Delhi. Earlier, a Tanzanian student was attacked and partially stripped by a mob in the city of Bangalore.

Photo Credit: Hindustan Times

7 Comments

  1. God only knows what Pharaoh went & DD 2 Dis Pple

    March 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    The issue is; Nigerians can’t prevent themselves from doing crime. And the fellow Africans take the blame!

  2. Ada

    March 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    These guys look more like traders than students.

  3. CovertNigerian

    March 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    It is evident that, at least in this particular case, some parts of the Indian public are a little too eager to pin incidents on Africans – the majority of whom are almost inevitably Nigerians.
    A boy went missing. Someone said he was seen with Nigerians and based on that alone a mob forced their way into their home. When the boy wasn’t found, they made they incredible leap to cannibalism because somehow the Nigerians just had to be involved and if there was no trace of the boy, he must have been eaten. How is such narrow mindedness even possible?! When they boy later emerged, the Nigerians were still blamed for his apparent drug use because Indians are apparently saint like and incapable of doing any wrong of their own free will.

    Nigerians are not saints, but there is a racism problem in India. I hope that the sane ones among them help that society begin to confront their race issues.

  4. Bella

    March 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    This is too bad, getting bad reps everywhere we go, its time for a change and those responsible for selling drugs, this is the outcome, ruining it for all those that are innocent, was it not a few weeks ago we read of the same issue happening in South Africa.

  5. nene

    March 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    what are our people doing in india for christ sake? smh

  6. funmilola

    March 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    and our ministers and senators in charge of foreign affairs will not take action now oooo until the matter becomes uncontrollable

  7. Moga

    March 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Africa must wake up and organise their own economy otherwise this thing will not end. Its difficult to identify a good and a bad foreigners. The Nigerians must improve their economy to afford migration. Why this time Nigerian student do not match as they did with South African case. They demanded SA companies to leave forgetting that Nigerian economy is in the hand of South Africa e.g Eskom Nigeria and Umgeni water. Will Nigerian survive without electricity from Eskom and clean running water from Umgeni water. If SA can leave Nigeria you will be beaten worse because Nigeria itself is run by SA not forgetting the SA companies that help Nigeria in Tax management. You must learn to appreciate SA.

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