1. Attack on Nigerians in Greater Noida: MJ Akbar calls incident ‘deplorable’, says will ensure safety of foreign nationals

Attack on Nigerians in Greater Noida: MJ Akbar calls incident ‘deplorable’, says will ensure safety of foreign nationals

M.J. Akbar had spoken to the acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and have apprised of steps being taken by the local authorities for safety of Nigerian nationals in India.

By: | Updated: March 30, 2017 3:41 PM
Nigerien students attacked in Greater Noida, External Affairs Ministry, MJ Akbar, Sushma Swaraj, Nigerien High Commissioner, EAM Minister, Noida hate crime, Yogi Adityanath M.J. Akbar had spoken to the acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and have apprised of steps being taken by the local authorities for safety of Nigerian nationals in India. (Source: PTI)

Soon after the Nigerien acting high commissioner along with two other delegates met the External Affairs Ministry official on Tuesday, MEA came out with a statement ensuring the safety of Nigerien nationals in the country. As per ANI, the MEA said, “Greater Noida incident where people of African origin were injured is deplorable. The government is committed to ensuring safety of foreigners in India.” The External Affairs Ministry further informed that its Minister M.J. Akbar had spoken to the acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and have apprised of steps being taken by the local authorities for safety of Nigerian nationals in India.

Earlier today, the Greater Noida police hosted a flag march in the wake of the entire incident.

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Earlier during the day, Union External Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she had spoken to the newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the attack on four Nigerian student on Monday evening. The incident took place near Greater Noida’s Pari Chowk where a group of local residents attacked the Nigerian students after the death of a class 12 student due to overdose of drugs. Swaraj took to micro-blogging site Twitter and said that the UP CM has ensured a fair and an impartial investigation into the matter. “I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident,” Swaraj tweeted this morning.

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Even the UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, “Attack on Nigerian students a serious issue. Proper probe will be done. Report will be provided to Centre at earliest.” The incident took place after five Nigerian students were detained in connection with the case, but were later released due to lack of evidence. Near about 100 local residents came out on roads and held protest demanding Nigerian students to living in the area to leave the place.

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