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Rajnath Singh Condemns Violence Against African Nationals, Asks Police To Take Strict Action

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 20: Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a press conference claims that BJP party is different from all other political parties in terms of ideology and leadership, at BJP HQ on March 20, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Singh said that the party is open to criticism against government but not against the nation. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked Delhi Police Chief Alok Kumar Verma to take strict action against those involved in recent attacks against African nationals.

Singh, who had called Verma to his residence, expressed concern over the attacks and said stern action be taken against the perpetrators.

In the backdrop of cases of assault on African nationals and outrage by envoys of African countries over killing of a Congolese youth, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to Singh and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung to ensure safety of the community and strict action against the guilty.

He asked Delhi Police to increase patrolling in areas inhabited by African nationals and ensure their security.

There have been spate of attacks on Africans living in the national capital, including killing of the Congolese youth. A 23-year-old Nigerian student was assaulted in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Three cases of physical assault and criminal intimidation of African nationals in South Delhi have been registered by the police.

Two women -- one from Uganda and the other from South Africa -- and two Nigerian men in South Delhi had filed complaints of physical assault and criminal intimidation.

Envoys of African countries had expressed shock over the killing of the Congolese youth, following which India had assured them of safety and security of all African nationals.

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