GREATER NOIDA: A total of five people have been arrested in relation with alleged racial attack on Nigerian nationals residing in the national capital region of Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.
“Five people were picked up from the spot after the incident last evening; besides that we have registered FIR against 44 other people who we suspect were part of the group. Further investigations is on, appropriate force is deployed in the area. All the four Nigeria nationals who are students at colleges in Noida are safe. FIR under section IPC 145, 148(rioting), 304, 332(causing hurt), 504, 307(attempt to murder) and 153A(causing hurt based on race) has been registered by the police” SHO Kasna police station Avnish Dixit told Express.
According to the police, the root cause of the incident seems to be the death of teenager Manish Khari who was found in an inebriated state outside his house in NSG colony on Saturday night. The family members of the deceased alleged that five Nigerian people kidnapped him and drug overdosed him. The family members staging a protest at Kasna police station demanded that the suspected five people be arrested immediately. On Monday evening along with the support from the locals in the area organized a candle light march when the crowd reached Pari Chowk in Greater Noida , few protestors attacked a car passing by with four African people were traveling.
“All the windows were shattered and all the four African nationals have sustained injuries. We have increased our deployment and the vigil in the African national areas. We do believe that the deceased student use to take drugs earlier and it’s a case of overdose, but the viscera report is still awaited” said Dixit further.
Endurance Amarawa, Ibgiya Malu Chukwuma and Precious Amalcima were injured during the attack from the crowd.
"This is a hate crime on the African community in the country; locals in Greater Noida say that Africans- we don't want you to be here anymore. These are actually hate crimes towards African community. Africans are not secure in this country," said Samuel Jack president of Association of African Students.