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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Eatery run by Nigerian attacked in Khirki Extension

Mallica Joshi , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 27, 2014
First Published: 11:29 IST(27/2/2014) | Last Updated: 11:30 IST(27/2/2014)

A group of unidentified men attacked a small restaurant run by a Nigerian doctor in Khirki Extension on Tuesday night. 

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The doctor said the attack was unprovoked, indicating at a racial angle, but the police said it was a minor altercation.

Dr Jeffrey Akuma said a group of unidentified men started pelting stones at his restaurant on Tuesday night. “I had just left the restaurant for my house in Vasant Kunj when an employee called me and told me that some people were pelting stones at them. They broke two window panes and hurt an Indian man standing next to my restaurant,” Akuma said.

The police have registered a case of committing affray. “The entire issue was related to a fight between a Nigerian national and a local resident over some minor issue. Since the two were fighting in a public place and disturbing peace, we have registered a case under section 160 (committing affray) of IPC. Investigation is on,” said BS Jaiswal, DCP (south).

According to Akuma’s employees, this is not the first time that something like this has happened.“Three days back, someone broke into our store room and stole our LCD television. These attacks have increased lately. Earlier, Akuma’s car was attacked,” the employee said.

“I am moving to a more secure place. I have been in this area for the last six years. The racist attacks have become worse in the last two months,” Akuma said. 

His restaurant is barely 100 meters away from the house that former minister Somnath Bharti had raided on January 15. Other Africans who still live in the area said the local residents have become more fearless after the Aam Aadmi Party-led raid.

“The residents think it is alright to harass us. This has been going on for a long time but it is now out in the open,” said a resident on condition of anonymity.

The local residents, meanwhile, are happy that the ‘unsocial elements’ are gone. “They had vitiated the law and order in the area. We are happy they are gone now,” said Mahesh Tyagi, a resident.  The AAP condemned the attack.


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