AFRICAN STUDENTS ATTACKED IN GREATER NOIDA : AFRICAN ENVOY CLAIMS INDIA’S RESPONSE DISAPPOINTING.
After the death of a class 12 student allegedly due to drug overdose, increasing incidents of attacks on Africans in Greater Noida in the past week have been reported. One of the attacks caught on camera shows a Nigerian student being mercilessly beaten by a large and uncontrollable mob in Greater Noida’s Ansal Plaza mall.
So far only five people from the large group of attackers have been detained. The attackers are all local to the area and claim that the African students are peddling in drugs. With increase in tensions due to these incidents of violence, normal life in Greater Noida has come at a standstill, so to speak. As a direct result of these shameful incidents, India and Africa are embroiled in a major political storm.
Presently, Indian officials are trying to assuage any apprehensions and security concerns African students in the area might have. Assurances of safety are being given to them and their worried families. The Indian ambassador to Nigeria has condemned the incidents as deplorable and the Minister of External Affairs, Ms. Sushma Swaraj has also issued a statement towards the same.
THIS IS NOT THE FIRST INSTANCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST AFRICANS
Meanwhile, the African envoy claims that India has not done enough with regard to providing security to its citizens. They claim that there are several instances in the past and not just the present, where Africans have been attacked.They have termed the attacks as “racist’ and “xenophobic” in nature, and say that India has not even sufficiently condemned the violence. Displeased and supremely unhappy with the security arrangements made for their citizens, they insist that India deal with these cases of assault on a priority basis. Demanding that strict action be taken against the perpetrators immediately, they hope that further such unwarranted incidents are avoided altogether.
VIGILANCE IS KEY
Nigeria has asked all it’s citizens residing in India to be watchful at all times. They are advised to report any threat, small or great, to the concerned authorities. Abike Dabiri-Erewa,who is the official spokesperson for the office of the President in matters of Diaspora and out-of-country residents has assured the enraged families of the victims that swift action will be taken against the attackers and justice will be done. The African residents in India are in the (The African residents in India in the meantime are asked to be careful)meantime asked to be careful and vigilant at all times.