1. Nigerian students assaulted in Greater Noida, Canadian abducted in Odisha: All we know so far

Nigerian students assaulted in Greater Noida, Canadian abducted in Odisha: All we know so far

A few Nigerian students living in Greater Noida's Pari Chowk area were attacked by a mob of locals on Monday. The students were severely injured and admitted to hospital.

By: | Noida | Updated: March 28, 2017 2:14 PM
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A number of Nigerian students living in Greater Noida’s Pari Chowk area were attacked by a mob of locals on Monday. The students were severely injured and admitted to hospital. The incident has spread a sense of fear among Nigerian as well as other African students living in Noida as well as other parts of NCR. However, this is not the first time when African nationals have been targetted in and around Delhi. Last week itself, a Congolese man was allegedly stoned to death by a mob in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area. In 2016, a few Nigerians were beaten up in Chhatarpur area.

In Odisha, a Canadian national named ‘Jon’ was allegedly abducted in Koraput-which is located on Odisha-Chattisgarh border.

Monday’s incident prompted Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj into action, to seek action against the culprits from Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh incident.

Here’s all we know about the incident, and what has happened afterward so far.

    • According to a report in English Daily The Telegraph, at least nine Nigerian students were seriously injured in mob violence in Noida/Greater Noida since Friday night.
    • The daily reported, Monday’s violence was the fallout of local resident’s raid on Nigerian students on Friday.
    • The locals had accused Nigerian students of cannibalism, The Association of African Students in India alleged (AASI). The group said that African/Nigerian students were attacked in three separate incidents.

    • In the first incident, seven students were attacked by a mob of around 100 people. The attackers were demanding the expulsion of the Nigerian students for alleged cannibalism and drug abuse, said AASI. Police, however, said only four Nigerian students were attacked near Pari chowk.
    • In another incident, two Nigerians were attacked by masked men in front of a private hospital in Zeta 1 sector of Greater Noida.
    • AASI has also circulated a video of an African man being assaulted in Ansal Plaza of Noida.
    • According to ANI, locals allege that 19-year-old Manish had died after Nigerians forced him to inhale drugs on Friday. In connection with the incident, five Nigerian students were booked and later detained.
    • UP police said they have arrested five people in connection with the assault on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida on Monday.

    • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has spoken to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who assured her of “fair and impartial” probe. “I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about the 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.

  • Meanwhile, in district Koraput of Odisha, which is located on Odisha-Chattisgarh border, a Canadian national named ‘Jon’ was allegedly abducted. Sushma Swaraj has asked a report from Odisha government in this regard.
  • Uttar Pradesh Health Minister S Nath Singh said, “Attack on Nigerian students a serious issue. A Proper probe will be done and a report will be provided to the Centre at the earliest.
Nigerian High Commission officials visit Greater Noida . Nigerian High Commission officials visit Greater Noida .
  • Officials of Nigeria High Commission reached hospital to meet victims of the violence.
  • “We asked people around for help, but not one called the police. Even our college did not help…We don’t know why we were assaulted. The mob hit us with rods, bricks and knives,” one of the Nigerian national, who was attacked, told ANI.

(With agency inputs)

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