UN: Those behind attacks on Africans in India must be punished

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

A day after African envoys demanded an international probe into the attack on African students, the United Nations has expressed hope that those behind attacks on African nationals in India would be brought to justice.

“We do very much hope that people who are responsible for he attacks are brought to justice,” spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Monday.

Dujarric was asked about the incidents of attacks on African nationals in India and whether there was any UN response or intervention to prevent these attacks. Dujarric said that there was no UN involvement that he was aware of.

Four Nigerian students were attacked by a group of Greater Noida residents who took out a candle light march on March 26 after a 17-year-old Indian boy died due to suspected drug overdose.

Denouncing attacks on African nationals as “xenophobic and racial” in nature, heads of African missions in India have hit out at the government, saying it took no “known, sufficient and visible” deterrent action.

The Indian government has condemned the attacks as “unacceptable” and said investigations on the death of the teenager and the subsequent incident by local authorities are ongoing.