After a teenager in Noida died of a suspected drug overdose, black foreigners in the area were attacked on Monday because residents of the area assumed that the drugs were provided to the teenager by five Nigerian students who were his neighbours.
A video doing the rounds of Facebook, put out by the Association of African Students in India, shows a large mob beating up a black foreigner in Noida's Ansal Plaza.
While this video shows a single African student being assaulted, The Hindustan Times reports that Nigerian girl was allegedly abducted and several Africans were assaulted in Greater Noida on Monday.
Meanwhile, The Times of India reports that several people were attacked in different incidents. The report said that three Nigerians were attacked when they were crossing Pari Chowk, another Nigerian was beaten up near Jagat Farm. This is apart from the attack in Ansal Plaza.
Two people were admitted in the Kailash Hospital, and one in Yatharth Hospital.
This all began when teenage resident of the NSG Black Cat Enclave in Greater Noida, Manish Khari, went missing and later died in a hospital in a suspected case of drug overdose.
While first the parents and neighbours had accused five Nigerian students, living in the same enclave, of cannibalism, when the boy came back they accused them of giving him drugs because of which he died.
Association of African Students in India held a protest march as well on Sunday.
Now, after several attacks the association on its Facebook page has asked all African students to stay indoors till protection was provided for them.
After last night's incident, five people had been arrested, The Hindustan Times reported. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj also tweeted saying they would be given protection, and even spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 27, 2017
I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 28, 2017
He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 28, 2017
Meanwhile, over 100 locals held a protest in the area demanding that all Africans living in residential colonies in Greater Noida be asked to vacate immediately.
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