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African envoys slam Greater Noida attacks, demand UN probe

Multiple attacks on African students were reported from Greater Noida, 18 miles off central Delhi. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India Apr 03, 2017, 08.58 PM (IST)

Envoys from African nations have condemned the Indian government for not taking "known, sufficient and visible" action against those who assaulted Nigerian students in northern India last week.

Calling it a "xenophobic and racial" attack, the African Heads of Mission said the incident was "not sufficiently condemned by the Indian authorities" and have called for an independent investigation by the United Nation's Human Rights Council, Indian media reports suggested.

The Indian government defended its position, saying: "It is unfortunate that a criminal act triggered following the untimely death of a young Indian student under suspicious circumstances has been termed as xenophobic and racial.”

India's ministery of external affairs also said that the investigations "on the death of Indian teenager and the subsequent incident by local authorities are ongoing. The Government had condemned and described as unacceptable the incident of attack on a few Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida."

India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has also promised for an "impartial" inquiry, though African envoys say the response is inadequate.

Multiple attacks on African students were reported from Greater Noida, 18 miles off central Delhi.

Nine Nigerians were attacked, including five who were wounded and two who were hospitalised with undisclosed injuries.

Attacks on Nigerians began when an Indian teenager died after taking drugs supplied by them.

The local administration in Greater Noida have dismissed claims of the attacks being racial in nature.

"It is absolutely not a hate crime, nor is it some kind of anger against a race. A few people have spread rumours regarding the death of a youth which gave rise to anger. The incident happened in continuity of that," district magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh said.


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