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WhatsApp hate messages against Africans in Greater Noida being probed

The Greater Noida police is scanning the ‘hate messages’ that were circulated on WhatsApp groups and social media platforms a couple of days before the attacks on Africans

noida Updated: Apr 04, 2017 12:41 IST
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At least nine Africans were injured in the attacks on March 27 in Greater Noida near Pari Chowk.
At least nine Africans were injured in the attacks on March 27 in Greater Noida near Pari Chowk. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

The Greater Noida police is scanning the ‘hate messages’ that were circulated on WhatsApp groups and social media platforms a couple of days before the Monday evening attacks on Africans.

Gautam Budh Nagar superintendent of police (rural) Sujata Singh said, “We are scanning the hate messages posted by locals against Africans on WhatsApp groups and social media platforms.”

“We have directed the local intelligence unit (LIU) to submit a report on these messages that were doing rounds on several WhatsApp groups. The external affairs ministry has also sought a report in the matter,” Singh said.

The hate messages seeking support of locals against Africans living in Greater Noida could have played a vital role in fuelling public anger which translated into xenophobic attacks on Monday evening, the police said.

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“Once the report is submitted by the LIU, we will book the administrators of such WhatsApp groups and those responsible for circulating such messages. It will be a part of the investigation of the entire hate crime against Africans,” she said.

So far, six persons have been arrested and about 60 of the 1,200 who were booked for rioting on Monday evening have been identified by the police.

“Sixty persons have been identified so far on the basis of video footages obtained from Pari Chowk, Ansal Plaza and the surrounding areas. We are on lookout for the assailants,” said Abhinandan, circle officer, Greater Noida 1.

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At least nine Africans were injured in the attacks on March 27.