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Nigerian students assault: Wrong to term attack racial before probe ends, says MEA

India on Thursday refused to categorise the attacks on African nationals in Greater Noida as racial.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2017 20:13 IST

PTI, New Delhi
African students who were injured in Monday’s violence at a Noida hospital.
African students who were injured in Monday’s violence at a Noida hospital.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Phot)

India on Thursday refused to categorise the attacks on African nationals in Greater Noida as racial and said pending the probe it was not correct to draw a conclusion on “the nature and the reason” of these acts.

On the alleged attack on a Kenyan woman on Wednesday, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Kenyan diplomats had a meeting with officials of the ministry concerned and it has been conveyed to the Indian side that the reported incident “does not correspond with reality”.

Asserting that such attacks were “completely unacceptable and have been condemned”, he said the government was engaged with the authorities concerned as well as the students.

There will be a better understanding after the outcome of the probe, he said.

Four Nigerian students were attacked by a group of Greater Noida residents who took out a candle-light march after a 17-year-old boy Manish died last week in the NSG Black Cats Enclave due to suspected drug overdose.

The protest march was taken out after the police released some Nigerians detained for questioning in connection with death of Manish due to “lack of evidence”.

Terming these acts as “the action of the uninformed and misguide few”, Baglay said they do not detract from the deep belief of the government and the people of India of ‘vasudeva kutumbakam’ (the world is one family).

“We will continue to welcome African people including students and youth as valuable partners. Our engagement with Africa, embodied among others in the implementation of the historic IAFS-III, will continue to grow,” he said.

Baglay said the external affairs minister had spoken to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar has spoken to the acting high commissioner of Nigeria.

“We are in touch with the Nigerian high commission in New Delhi. The students who were hurt during the incident have been treated in a local hospital and have already been released,” he said.

Law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and a large number of people are under watch, he said, adding, “The investigation is on and the law of the land will prevail.”

The ministry is in touch with the district administration of Gautam Buddha Nagar, which has enhanced round-the-clock security in the area, he said.

He also noted that the district magistrate held a meeting of the residents, foreign students’ associations in presence of the representatives from the Nigerian high commission in New Delhi.

First Published: Mar 30, 2017 20:13 IST

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