African envoys: India attacks on Nigerians ‘racial’

Last month’s violence happened in Greater Noida, close to the Indian capital

Envoys from African nations in the Indian capital, Delhi, have condemned the handling of recent attacks on Nigerian students in the city.

In a statement, the African Heads of Mission said the attacks were “xenophobic and racial”.

Indian authorities had failed to “sufficiently condemn” the attacks or take “visible deterring measures”, the envoys added.

The students were attacked last month in Greater Noida, close to Delhi.

Five Nigerian students were attacked by crowds, while another was beaten by a mob inside a shopping mall.

The violence was prompted by the death of a local teenager due to a drug overdose. His parents blame Nigerian students for giving him the drugs.

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Police say five people have been arrested over the violence and India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has promised an “impartial” inquiry.

But the African Heads of Mission said that the response was inadequate, and called for an investigation by the UN Human Rights Council.

They also called for “strong condemnation from the highest political level (both nationally and locally) of the government of India, as well as expediting legal actions against the perpetrators”.

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