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Attack on Nigerian nationals deplorable: India Govt

The Indian Government on Tuesday had expressed a complete disapproval regarding the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh as "deplorable" and gave an assurance that the nation is committed to ensuring safety and security to the foreigners.

A day after an attack on African nationals in Greater Noida, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi had promised a "fair and impartial" probe.

"I have spoken to Adityanathji about (the) attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

Sushma Swaraj spoke to Adityanath on Tuesday morning after an African student, Sadiq Bello, tweeted her to "act fast" as living in Noida, he said, was becoming a "life-threatening issue" for Africans.

According to police, three African students were attacked by a group of residents in Greater Noida's Pari Chowk area in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

"The attack took place in Ansal Plaza Mall in Greater Noida. The African students were attacked after protests over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG Society," Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh told IANS.

Khatri reportedly died of cardiac arrest due to suspected drug overdose on Saturday.

Singh said three FIRs had been registered against seven people for rioting. "A few of them have been detained while a hunt is on for the others."

She added the deceased may have been depressed.

India on Tuesday condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh as "deplorable" and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India.

"Yesterday's (Monday's) incident in Greater Noida, in which several people of African origin were injured, is deplorable," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

"Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar spoke to Nigeria's Acting High Commissioner and assured him of steps being taken by local authorities for the safety and security of Nigerian nationals," Baglay said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi had promised a "fair and impartial" probe.

"The government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all foreigners in India. People from Africa, including students and youths, remain our valued partners," Baglay added.

According to police, three Nigerian students were attacked by a group of persons in Greater Noida's Pari Chowk area on Monday.

"The attack took place at the Ansal Plaza Mall in Greater Noida. The African students were attacked after protests over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG Society," Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh told IANS.

Khatri is said to have died of cardiac arrest due to suspected drug overdose on Saturday.

The SP said three FIRs had been registered against seven people for rioting. "A few of them have been detained while a hunt is on for the others."


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