External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said she had spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the attack on four Nigerian students, who sustained severe injuries after being assaulted by a group of local residents in Greater Noida’s Pari Chowk area. Swaraj said that CM Adityanath has assured there will be ‘a fair and 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,” Swaraj tweeted this morning. “He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident,” she said in a series of tweets. The External Affairs Minister also said that the government is taking action. “Government of India is seized of the matter. We are taking immediate action,” she tweeted. Uttar Pradesh police have arrested 5 persons in connection with the incident. “An FIR has been registered and action will be taken accordingly,” said Daljeet Chaudhary (ADG, Law&Order).
Earlier on Monday, Swaraj had sought report from the Uttar Pradesh Government over the matter. “I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida,” tweeted Swaraj.
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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
The incident comes as locals protested following the death of a Class 12 student in Greater Noida’s NSG Black Cats Enclave due to suspected drug overdose and five Nigerian students living in the neighbourhood were booked – and later detained – in connection with the case. The students were later released for lack of evidence.
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Over 100 locals held a protest at the busy junction demanding that all Africans living in residential colonies in Greater Noida be asked to vacate their rented houses immediately.
(With the agency inputs)