Attack on Nigerians: Sushma Swaraj promises swift action

RSTV Bureau

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister 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.

Swaraj said the central government was taking immediate action and that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had assured her of a fair and impartial investigation into this “unfortunate” incident.

“I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident (sic),” she said in a series of tweets.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  in Rajya Sabha

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha

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.

Several Africans were assaulted in Greater Noida on Monday as people from a protest march over a teenage boy’s death because of suspected drugs overdose attacked black foreigners in the area. Police picked up five Nigerians, confiscated their passports, but released them later because of lack of evidence.

MOnday’s protest march turned violent after locals accused Africans of drugging class 12 student Manish Khari, who died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday. Police arrested five people allegedly involved in the violence. More are likely to be picked up.