African envoys call the attack ‘xenophobic and racial’

RSTV Bureau
Greater Noida: The Kenyan student, who was thrashed by some unidentified men near Knowledge Park, receiving treatment at a hospital in Greater Noida on Wednesday. Incidents of alleged attacks on African nationals have been reported from the area following the death of a youth due to suspected drug overdose. PTI Photo

Greater Noida: The Kenyan student, who was thrashed by some unidentified men near Knowledge Park, receiving treatment at a hospital in Greater Noida on Wednesday. Incidents of alleged attacks on African nationals have been reported from the area following the death of a youth due to suspected drug overdose. PTI Photo

African envoys have lashed out against India over the brutal attack on African students in Greater Noida.

They have called the attack against their nationals in as “xenophobic and racial”.

The envoys recently held a “special” meeting on the incidents and called for an independent investigation by the Human Rights Council as well as other human rights bodies.

“The meeting unanimously agreed that those accumulated attacks against Africans are xenophobic and racial in nature,” the envoys said.

They also sought to comprehensively report the matter to the Commission of the African Union.

Africa believes that India didn’t employ sufficient and visible deterring measures post the attack on March 27.

Condemning the recent attacks, the envoys expressed their deep concern and also noted that these “reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved cases against Africans, were not sufficiently condemned by the Indian authorities”.

However India did take cognizance of the attack as Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj condemned the attack and sought fair probe into the matter. The matter was also raised in the Parliament when Opposition members expressed concern and the minister assured them of fair practices.

In the mob attack, four Nigerian students were thrashed in a shopping mall in Greater Noida.

Greater Noida : People holding a protest against African nationals over the death of a teenager alleged due to drug supplied by Nigerians, in Greater Noida on Monday. PTI Photo

Greater Noida : People holding a protest against African nationals over the death of a teenager alleged due to drug supplied by Nigerians, in Greater Noida on Monday. PTI Photo

According to reports, the mob attacked the African nationals after a 19-year-old student died, and the mob accused the Nigerian community of supplying drugs to the Indian student. The mob also held protest marches after 4 Africans were let off after being briefly detained were let off for lack of any proof in the case.

Post the attack, several African students, part of the 4,000-strong student community from Africa studying in various colleges and private universities in Greater Noida, and have locked themselves up for fear of their lives. There are missions of more than 50 African countries which are accredited to India.

There has been a spate in attacks on African nationals in and around Delhi in the recent past. Last year, several Africans were beaten up in New Delhi and a Congolese man was stoned to death.

(With inputs from PTI)