Multiple reports of racially motivated attacks on people of African descent have surfaced in satellite town of Greater Noida, about 40 kilometres from the heart of New Delhi. The attacks were precipitated by the death of a class 12 student following a cardiac arrest, caused allegedly due to drug overdose, and has students of African nationalities on high alert.
The Nigerians have been accused of drugging the student.
The Association of African students in India have asked African students to remain indoors and refrain from venturing out, until the violence dies down and order is restored.
HT traces the unfurling of the attacks in the region.
Friday, March 24: 17-year-old boy, Manish Khari, a resident of NSG society in Greater Noida goes missing, only to be found in front of society’s entrance gate next day morning in inebriated condition.
Saturday, 25 March: A class 12 student of JP International school in Greater Noida, Khari was later admitted to a private hospital, where he died due to cardiac arrest at 4 pm. Greater Noida police booked five Nigerian students of Noida International University under the charges of kidnapping, culpable homicide and murder.
Sunday, 26 March: Police arrest five Nigerians in connection to the case, but later let them go, because of lack of proof.
Sunday 26 March: Locals attack two Nigerians living in the area at night, alleging that they plied the young boy with drugs.
Monday, 27 March: A protest march by residents turns violent as several people assault Africans in the area.
Monday, 27 March/ Tuesday, March 28 (midnight): The Association of African Students in India post videos on Facebook, that show a man of African descent being mauled and attacked by a mob in Greater Noida’s Ansal Plaza. Post violence, police arrested five persons for the attack.
Police have arrested 5 persons. FIR registered, action will be taken accordingly: Daljeet Chaudhary (ADG, Law&Order) on attack on Nigerians pic.twitter.com/rs00krq2rM— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 28, 2017
Monday, 27 March/ Tuesday, March 28 (midnight): The Association of African Students in India ask “All African Students Residing in Greater noida-Uttar pradesh to remain indoor at their home (sic)” and to not attend lectures on Tuesday in a Facebook post. They ask the students to be vigilant, as the number of attacks were increasing, and they were “receiving calls from all angles seeking for police assistance.”
Tuesday, 28 March: Sushma Swaraj, union foreign affairs minister, tweets that she spoke to Yogi Adityanath, the newly elected UP CM, about the racial attacks. “He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident,” she tweets.
I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 28, 2017
He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 28, 2017
Tuesday, 28 March: The Association of African Students in India reiterate their directive to African students to remain indoors. “ALL AFRICAN STUDENTS STUDYING IN GREATER NOIDA ARE HERE BY INSTRUCTED TO STAY HOME UNTIL PROPER SECURITY IS PROVIDED TO SECURE OUR LIVES. ALSO YOU ARE ADVISED NOT TO ATTEND ANY LECTURE UNTIL WE ARE GRANTED MAXIMUM SECURITY,” reads their Facebook post.