Attack on Nigerian nationals deplorable: India

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India on Tuesday condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh as "deplorable" and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India.

"Yesterday's (Monday's) incident in Greater Noida, in which several people of African origin were injured, is deplorable," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

"Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar spoke to the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and assured the foreign diplomat of the steps being taken by local authorities for safety and security of Nigerian nationals," Baglay said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi had promised a "fair and impartial" probe.

"The government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all foreigners in India. People from Africa, including students and youths, remain our valued partners," Baglay added.

According to police, three Nigerian students were attacked by a group of persons in Greater Noida's Pari Chowk area on Monday.

"The attack took place at the Ansal Plaza Mall in Greater Noida. The African students were attacked after protests over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG Society," Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh told IANS.

Khatri is said to have died of cardiac arrest due to suspected drug overdose on Saturday.

The SP said three FIRs had been registered against seven people for rioting. "A few of them have been detained while a hunt is on for the others."