New Delhi: Police on Sunday arrested five people and detained four others in connection with the attacks on Africans in the capital on Thursday.
Meanwhile, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the safety of African students. Following that, the home minister directed the Delhi Police to take strict action against the attackers and to step up patrolling in areas where many from the African community live.
Swaraj said a sensitization campaign will also be carried out in thes areas. She asked the Minister of State for External Affairs (MEA) Gen (retd) V K Singh and the MEA Secretary Amar Sinha to meet the African students who have announced their plan to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday.
“I have spoken to Shri Rajnath Singh ji and Lt Governor Delhi reg(arding) attack on African nationals in South Delhi yesterday. They assured me that the culprits will be arrested soon and sensitisation campaign will be launched in areas where African nationals reside,” Swaraj said in tweets.
“I have asked Gen V K Singh, MoS and Secretary Amar Sinha to meet# African students who have announce(d) demonstration at Jantar Mantar,” she added in another tweet.
The Home Minister called Delhi Police chief Alok Kumar Verma to his residence and expressed concern over the attacks. “Spoke to Commissioner of Police, Delhi regarding the incidents of physical assault against certain African nationals. Such incidents are condemnable,” Rajnath Singh tweeted later. “Instructed CP Delhi to take strict action against the attackers and increase patrolling in these areas to ensure security of everyone,” he said in another tweet.
Significantly, the government has decided to transport back home the mortal remains of the Congolese national, whose killing here earlier this month led to strained relations with many African countries whose envoys unitedly threatened to boycott the Africa Day celebrations of the Indian government last week. They were later persuaded to participate in the celebrations.