Union minister VK Singh claimed on Sunday the attack on African nationals in the national capital was a “minor scuffle” which was “blown up” by the media.
“Had detailed discussion with Delhi Police and found that media blowing up minor scuffle as attack on African nationals in Rajpur Khurd,” Singh, who is the junior minister in the external affairs ministry, said and questioned the media’s “motive”.
“Why is media doing this? As responsible citizens let us question them and their motives,” he said in a series of tweets.
Two women -- one from Uganda and the other from South Africa -- and at least two Nigerian men in Rajpur Khurd , a village in South Delhi, have also complained about physical assault and criminal intimidation.
Singh’s remarks came on a day when external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj pressed for ensuring safety of African citizens as she spoke to home minister Rajnath Singh who directed the Delhi Police to take strict action against the attackers and step up patrolling in the areas inhabited by the community.
Swaraj said a sensitisation campaign will be carried out in the areas where African nationals reside. She also asked VK Singh and MEA secretary Amar Sinha to meet the African students who have announced holding of a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, four persons were arrested and four others detained by Delhi Police on Sunday in connection with alleged assault on African nationals in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area.