Race attacks: BJP, Hindu Yuva Vahini leaders come out in support of riot accused
The Police arrested six men after a race riot broke out in Greater Noida during a candle march at Pari Chowk on Monday evening.Updated: Mar 30, 2017 23:05 IST
Three days after police arrested six men for allegedly rioting and beating up Africans in Greater Noida, leaders from local units of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu Yuva Vahani said that those arrested have been unfairly targeted by the police.
The six men were arrested after a race riot broke out in Greater Noida during a candle march at Pari Chowk on Monday evening.
At least 10 Africans were allegedly beaten up by a mob at various spots of Pari Chowk. The police had also booked a total of 1,200 people in three FIRs lodged in three different police stations.
The unrest had erupted after a 17-year-old school student, Manish Khari, died on March 25 due to alleged drug overdose, and local residents accused Nigerian nationals of drugging the boy. The local units of both BJP and the Hindu Yuva Vahini maintain that Khari’s death was ‘murder’. The police had booked five Nigerians after Khari’s death, but released them later due to lack of evidence.
On Thursday, Harish Chandra Bhati Gurjar, a state functioning member of the BJP and a former minister, wrote a petition to senior superintendent of police Dharmendra Singh, asking him to stop arresting the people booked.
“The police had released all the Nigerians booked for Khari’s death, which angered the public. Due to the acts of a few rioters, 1,200 people were booked. We demand that the police take strict action against the guilty in Khari’s death and stop making any more arrests among the 1,200 people who have been booked,” said Gurjar.
Similarly, state president of Hindu Yuva Vahini, Chainpal Singh Bhati, made an appeal to the police not to harass city-based activists.
“Why have the police arrested the activists who were involved in the candle march? A video has emerged in which some people were seen beating up a Nigerian. These people should be booked. Police are unfairly targeting citizens and activists,” he said.
Bhati added that ‘rogue’ elements within the African community are responsible for the tension in Greater Noida.
“The entire city has been tense for the past three days. All this was started by the rogue African elements who drugged school student Khari, which led to his death. We demand strict action against the accused,” said Bhati.
First Published: Mar 30, 2017 20:57 IST