New Delhi: Hours after four Nigerian students sustained severe injuries after being attacked by a group of local residents in Greater Noida’s Pari Chowk area in Uttar Pradesh, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday has asked for a report from the state government.
The incident took place around 6 pm today, when local residents raised slogans demanding that all Africans living in residential colonies in Greater Noida be asked to vacate their rented houses immediately.
The protests come after a Class 12 student in Greater Noida’s NSG Black Cats Enclave died of a suspected drug overdose and five Nigerian students living in the neighbourhood were booked – and later detained – in connection with the case. The students were later released for lack of evidence. The 19-year-old victim Manish Khari had gone missing on Friday evening, locals who claimed to have seen the boy last with a group of Nigerians, raided their houses and accused them of cannibalism.
The police have registered a case for attempt to murder in Monay’s violence and have arrested five people. According to police, the locals had permission to organise a peaceful protest at Pari Chowk on Monday, but the situation suddenly went out of control.
Police officials were present to maintain law and order at the venue. Some of the protesters suddenly turned into a mob on spotting a few Nigerians near the spot of protest.