Noida: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday morning after locals beaten up many Nigerian students in Greater Noida on Monday.
The assailants were holding a protest march over a young boy’s death because of alleged overdose of drugs.
The protest march suddenly 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 source, hundreds of protesters were shouting slogans and suddenly they attacked the Nigerians, who were shopping in that area. The police had to baton charge protesters to control the circumstances. Some injured Nigerians were admitted to a nearby hospital.
Five Nigerian students were also picked by the police for their part in the death of the class 12 student allegedly due to drug overdose.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated she has sought report from the UP government about the supposed attack on Nigerian students.
“I have requested for a report from Government of UP about the reported attack on African students in Noida,” she stated in a tweet.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has assured Sushma Swaraj of a fair and independent investigation into the matter.
There have been many attacks on Africans in and around Delhi. In May last year, a 29-year-old Congolese national was beaten to death by 3 men, 2 of them with past criminal records, in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj after an dispute over hiring of an auto-rickshaw.