African envoys have 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.
In a statement released on Monday in New Delhi, heads of African missions said no known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken by Indian government on the attack.
“These 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.
The mob attack on the Nigerian students took place last Monday evening and it coincided with a protest that was organised by online groups who blamed unexplained death of a teenage student on the African community.
The protesters had alleged that the student, identified as Manish Khari, was supplied drugs by Africans who live in the area.
India has 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,” External Affairs Ministry said.
Some seven 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.
Attacks on Africans in and around Delhi are not uncommon. Last year, several Nigerians were beaten up in Delhi’s Chhatarpur area.
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