On Thursday, the Karnataka government denied reports that a 21-year-old Tanzanian woman was stripped and paraded in the city. The state also said that it was not a racial attack, but at most an incident of road rage.
“No such thing happened”. It was definitely not a race attack,” said Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara contradicting the news reports.
Amid rising outrage over the alleged incident, the Centre also sought a report from the Siddaramaiah government. The Home Ministry wants a detailed report about the circumstances that led to the assault and what action has been against the accused. The Centre also wants to know the steps taken by the state to protect the victim.
So far, five people have been arrested in connection with the case.
“Case has been registered, five of them (accused) have been arrested. Sushma Swaraj also spoke to me, I will also be sending her a report through my Chief Secretary,” Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah told reporters in Bengaluru.
According to reports, a 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car in the city. The student was reportedly dragged out of the car when she reached the accident spot.
A mob mistook her for a Sudanese woman who was responsible for the accident, the police said.
The incident which took place on Sunday night took a serious diplomatic turn when External Affairs Minister called it a “shameful incident” and assured the Tanzanian authorities that all steps were being taken to protect African students in the state.
Tanzanian High Commissioner John WH Kijazi said he had sent a complaint to the Government and sought prompt action against those behind the “unfortunate” incident.
“We request the Government of India to ensure safety and security of our students in Bengaluru and all other places in India,” Kijazi said.
Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has sought a report from the Karnataka government even as CM Siddaramaiah faced flak.
“Rahul Gandhi asks Karnataka Govt to explain and send report immediately,” party Secretary Digvijaya Singh said in a series of tweets.
(With inputs from PTI)