Attacks on Nigerians: Tight security in Greater Noida, cops assure action

In the backdrop of racial attacks on African nationals that rattled Greater Noida on Monday evening, the police have beefed up security to prevent other such attacks
Cops deployed at Sharda University in Greater Noida. At least 200 additional police personnel are deployed in all Greater Noida sectors and universities to protect African students living in the city.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)
Cops deployed at Sharda University in Greater Noida. At least 200 additional police personnel are deployed in all Greater Noida sectors and universities to protect African students living in the city.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2017 11:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVinit, Greater Noida

The Greater Noida police has stepped up security in the city in the backdrop of racial attacks on African nationals that rattled Greater Noida on Monday evening. On Sunday night another African national residing in Greater Noida was attacked by locals.

At least 200 additional police personnel have been deployed in all sectors of Greater Noida, special instructions have been issued to secure residential societies with African population.

The attacks happened after a 17-year-old student Manish Khari died in Greater Noida on Saturday following a cardiac arrest, allegedly caused by a drug overdose. The Nigerians have been accused of drugging the student.

After the racial attacks, an uneasy calm prevailed at violence-hit Pari Chowk and Ansal Plaza shopping complex on Tuesday morning, while the policemen were seen gearing up to take charge of the day.

Additional police force was called from other police stations in Kasna, Knowledge Park and Surajpur police stations, where tempers still run high, as most of the African nationals stay in nearby localities.

“A strict vigil was in place throughout the night, and several teams of police are deployed at different junctions in Greater Noida to observe movement of people,” said an intelligence officer.

Recounting the incident, a paan kiosk owner, Rohit Sharma, told HT that hundreds of men carried out a candle march to Pari Chowk and sat at the junction for over an hour. As dusk fell, a few men were seen raising slogans against Nigerian nationals and turned furious at the sight of them.

A Honda City car was damaged by the mob in front of the shopping complex near Pari Chowk in Greater Noida . (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)
A Honda City car was damaged by the mob in front of the shopping complex near Pari Chowk in Greater Noida . (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Sharma said, “The protesters caught hold of a Nigerian national in front of gate no. 2 of Ansal Plaza and thrashed him. Then the mob barged into the shopping complex and roughed up two more inside. They threw soft drink bottles and also used a dustbin to attack them.

A Honda City sedan was damaged by the mob in front of the shopping complex.

Kasna SHO Avnish Dixit said, “Following the scuffle last evening, we have taken all necessary steps to ensure safety of African nationals. The police kept vigil all night to control the situation.”

“We had also held a few persons responsible for violence and disruption and due course of action is being taken,” the police officer said.

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