DELHI: The African student and community leaders based in Delhi on Monday tried to defuse tension by saying that there is no “conflict” between the two communities and they would make an extra effort to normalise the situation.
Commenting on the attack on the 51-year-old Ola cab driver who was allegedly thrashed by a group of six Africans, who used ‘metallic punches’ to scar his face, for refusing to accommodate more than four passengers, president of All India Nigerian student and community association, Arinze Nelson said that there are some “unruly miscreants” trying to take advantage of the situation and create trouble.
“It is a one-off incident and I would not call it some kind of backlash or reaction to what happened to Africans in Mehrauli. We Africans are very peaceful people, however, there are a few elements trying to take advantage of the existing tension and flare up things,” Nelson said.
“The incident of the cab driver being attacked has just coincided with the episode of Africans being attacked and are not connected,” he said.
“There is absolutely no conflict between the two communities and we shall find ways to defuse the tension instead of escalating it. We have also conducted a meeting with our people residing in Mehrauli to discuss how to bring about a balance.”
Some students, however, raised concerns over the security for their community. Celestine,a Delhi University student living in Saket told HT, “Such attack on people coming from Africa is not normal at all. It has become a serious security concern.”
OLIVIER’S FATHER ARRIVES
Edmon Ketanda, father of Olivier, who was allegedly beaten to death by three men in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area on May 20 after an argument with them over hiring an auto, reached Delhi on Monday to take back Olivier’s body to Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ketanda had to take a loan for his trip to India to take back Olivier’s body, which has been lying in AIIMS mortuary for the past 10 days.
On Monday, he along with is cousin met the officials from the external affairs ministry and from the Embassy of Congo. India has promised to help the family take back Olivier’s body.