A tourist couple from Switzerland was chased and brutally attacked by a group of youth in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, reported press early today. Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has asked for information from the Uttar Pradesh government.
According to news report, the incident took place on Sunday when the couple from Lausanne in Switzerland, Quentin Jeremy Clerc, 24, and his girlfriend Marie Droz, also 24 was chased and attacked with stones and sticks by a group of youths when they were strolling near the railway station at the Fatehpur Sikri.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has now sought information from the Uttar Pradesh government after a news report was published early on Thursday. She also said that her office will reach out to the couple.
“I have just seen this. I have asked for a report from the state government. My officers will reach them in the hospital,” Swaraj tweeted.
Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who is an MP from Uttar Pradesh, too condemned the incident and said it was a matter of shame for Indians.
“I think the foreign minister has reacted to it. It’s a matter of law and order but as the culture minister and as a human being I condemn the attack on the foreign tourists. It’s unfortunate, should not have happened. It’s a matter of shame for us,” Sharma told PTI.
Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphonse has written to the Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath, expressing concerns over the incident. In his letter to Adityanath, Alphons has sought “fast” action against the culprits.
“A fast and speedy response in identifying and ensuring speedy action, including conviction of the guilty, would be reassuring, as also a good message of our efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” the minister has written in his letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
“You would kindly appreciate that such incidents negatively impact our image and are detrimental to our efforts in promoting India as a tourism destination,” he added.
The swiss couple came to India on September 30 with was quoted as saying that they were strolling near the railway station at the Fatehpur Sikri after a day in Agra when the group started following them and later attacked.
The couple said as they lay on the ground bloodied and bruised, bystanders began taking videos of them on their mobile phones, according to the report.
(With inputs from PTI)