Mobs attack Africans in India after a local boy went missing

Posted March 30, 2017

Ms Swaraj said she had spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and he had assured her of a "fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident".

Amnesty International India on Wednesday asked the Uttar Pradesh authorities to bring to justice those responsible for recent racist attacks against black African students and ensure the students' safety.

A video posted on Facebook by the Association of African Students in India (AASI) shows an African being beaten by a mob in Noida's Ansal Plaza mall. It came after police released five Nigerians suspected in the teen's apparent drug overdose.

Police have arrested five people over the assault but are still looking for at least four others and have set up security checkpoints and increased patrols as part of the manhunt.

About four Nigerians have been severely injured in the attacks. "People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners", assured the spokesperson. It added that a clear number of attacks was impossible to know because of the sheer numbers of calls seeking help.

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In a new wave of violent attacks, Nigerian students have become a target in India. Last May, in a high profile incident, a student from the Democratic Republic of Congo was beaten to death by Indian men in Delhi following an argument.

Greater Noida: A Kenyan woman was allegedly pulled out of a cab and assaulted by some unidentified persons in Greater Noida, close on the heels of the arrest of five individuals over attacks on African students. "I was running but they followed me and attacked me", Precious Amalawa, told NDTV.

The issue was thrown into the spotlight after a Congolese national was stoned to death previous year in a dispute over an auto-rickshaw. African students in the New Delhi neighborhood of Chhatarapur reported paying 15,000 rupees ($225) a month for a single room and bathroom that would normally rent for 6,000 to 7,000 rupees. But with the current spate of brutality escalating, the reality is that it is becoming increasingly unsafe for African students living in India.

Singh addressed the issue of discrimination and prejudice against African nationals, calling them unacceptable.

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