STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Greater Noida District Magistrate refuses to declare attack on Nigerians as hate crime

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.

Published: 28th March 2017 06:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2017 07:07 PM   |  A+A-

Nagendra P Singh, Gautam Buddh Nagar DM

By ANI

GREATER NOIDA:Greater Noida District Magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh today refused to declare the attack on Nigerian nationals as a hate crime.

“It is absolutely not a hate crime, not 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,” Singh claimed.

He said the district administration will ensure that such incidents do not get repeated in the future and that harmony prevails.

“We will not let the nation’s image get hampered,” he asserted.

The incident comes as locals protested following the death of a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG Black Cats Enclave due to the 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. 

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.

"Nobody tried to assist us or tried to help. Earlier also in my society people used to say that we should leave this country. I have no words for people like this," said another Nigerian national.

"I think this is barbaric and highly racial motivated attack towards the African students in India. What has happened is false perception and false ideology about African people. We are accused of abductions and murder. It is a hate crime towards us. We are going to give a detail report and also in touch with the local African media so that we can give information," president of the Association of African students Samuel Jack said.

Meanwhile, as many as five persons were arrested in connection with the assault on four Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that she has spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath about the attack on four Nigerian students in Greater Noida and he has assured fair and impartial probe into the matter. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp