External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to the Uttar Pradesh C.M. Yogi Adityanath today about the alleged assault on African students in Noida after a foreign student pleaded with her for swift action, saying being in the area was becoming a “life threatening” problem.
The attackers were holding a protest march over a teenage boy’s death because of doubted overdose of drugs.
The protest march unexpectedly turned violent as locals accused Nigerian students living in the area of drugging the Class 12 student Manish Khari, who died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday.
According to reports, hundreds of protesters were shouting slogans and unexpectedly attacked the Nigerians, who were shopping in the place. The police had to baton charge protesters to control the position. Some wounded Nigerians were admitted to a hospital.
5 Nigerian students were also caught by the police for their role in the death of the class 12 student reportedly due to the drug overdose.
Swaraj said the central government was taking urgent action and that UP C.M Yogi Adityanath had guaranteed her of a fair and impartial investigation into this “unfortunate” conflict.
“I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji C.M of U.P about the assault on African students in Greater Noida. He has promised that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this sad incident (sic),” she said in a list of tweets.
Replying to a tweet from a student who asked her to “act fast as being for us in Noida is becoming a life-threatening issue”, she said that the central government has taken the matter seriously.
“We are taking quick action,” she added.
Five persons were on Tuesday arrested in connection with the case.
There have been several attacks on Africans in and around Delhi. In May last year, a 29-year-old Congolese national was bludgeoned to death by three men, two of them with past criminal records, in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj after an argument over the hiring of an auto-rickshaw.