NEW DELHI, (Xinhua) --
African envoys in Delhi Monday
called the recent mob attacks on some Nigerian students
near the national capital as “racial” and “xenophobic
acts”, and also slammed India for failing to adequately
condemn the violent incident.
statement, the heads of African missions said that “no
known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were
taken” by the Indian government.
reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved
cases against Africans, were not sufficiently condemned
by the Indian authorities,” the group said as it agreed
to “call for an independent investigation by the Human
Rights Council as well as other human rights bodies”.
attack on the Nigerian students took place last Monday
evening and it coincided with a protest that was
organized by online groups who blamed the unexplained
death of a teenage student on the African community.
protesters had alleged that the student, identified as
Manish Khari, was supplied drugs by Africans who live in
described the attack on Nigerian students as
“deplorable” and said it is committed to ensuring the
safety and security of all foreigners in this country.
“People from Africa, including students and youth,
remain our valued partners,” the External Affairs
Ministry has said.
people have been arrested by police in connection with
the mob attack so far, police have said, adding that
efforts are on to arrest the other suspects.
Africans in and around Delhi is not uncommon. Last year,
several Nigerians were beaten up in Delhi’s Chhatarpur