‘Security of Indians abroad top priority': MEA Sushma

SansadTV Bureau
Heads of Missionaries meet in New Delhi. Photo-Twitter/MEAIndia.

Heads of Missionaries meet in New Delhi.

A day after External Affairs Minister  Sushma Swaraj today took up the issue of an attack on a 23-year-old Nigerian student in Hyderabad Sushma told the heads of Heads of Indian Missions that security of Indians abroad should the priority for Indian diplomats.

“The welfare and security of Indians abroad must be your first priority. Sushma Swaraj tells Heads of Mission in her address,” said external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Twitter.

About 120 Indian envoys from across the globe have gathered for the brainstorming session, during which they are expected to review the work in the past year and draw up strategies for the coming months.

Yesterday Sushma spoke with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, an urgent report from the Telangana government over the attack on a 23-year-old Nigerian student in Hyderabad

“I have spoken to Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao Chief Minister Telangana regarding attack on a Nigerian student in Hyderabad,” Swaraj said in a tweet.

23 years old Ghazeem, sustained head injuries after a man in his in Banjara Hills area hit him with a rod following a dispute over car parking on Wednesday night.

Hyderabad police said that an argument broke out between Ghazeem and a local resident, Gafoor over car parking. The scuffle broke out, when Ghazeem refused to remove his car from outside Gafoor’s residence.

Later Gafoor took out a rod and hit Ghazeem on his head resulting in injuries, a senior police officer said.

Telangana Chief Minister who took note of the incident has promised stringent action against the guilty

Economic Relations Secretary of MEA is coordinating with the Chief Secretary Telangana and monitoring the updates.

On Friday, Envoys of African countries expressed shock over killings of students of African origin. A Congolese national Masonda Ketada Oliver in Delhi last week following which India assured them of safety of African nationals.