Hyderabad, May 27: A 23-year-old Nigerian student was assaulted during a scuffle over a parking issue between locals in Hyderabad. Case has been registered by police. He was assaulted with an iron rod by a local resident after they got into a heat argument over parking space. The incident occurred at Singada Basti, Road No.10, Banjara Hills, where both the men stay.
External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from Telangana government over the incident. The Nigerian national, Kazeem who is a student of Nizam college sustained injuries after Mohammad Gaffoor attacked him. A case has been registered at the Banjara hills police.
As per The Hindu report, Banjara Hills sub-inspector K Krishnaiah said that Kazeem used to park his car in Gaffoor’s parking lot instead of the space allotted to him which created the issue. Gaffoor, in a fit of rage assaulted the Nigerian student with a rod. (ALSO READ-Delhi: Two Nigerian men beaten with cricket bats for protesting against water balloons during Holi celebration)
The issue came to forefront after The African Group of Heads of Mission refused to join Africa Day celebrations, in solidarity with Masunda Kitada Oliver, a Congolese student who was killed last week in Delhi. However, they later agreed to attend the event by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi. Emmanuel Omurunga, chairman of the African Students Association, Telangana was quoted saying, “The situation in India is no longer safe for us. Even the police are not willing to help us when we approach them.”
A 23-year-old Oliver was killed in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi last week after afetr altercation with some men over hiring of an auto-rickshaw. After the incident, Swaraj had tweeted saying that security of foreign nationals in the country will be assured. Swaraj had tweeted saying, ” Would like to assure African students in India that this an unfortunate and painful incident involving local goons. When I came to know about the unfortunate killing of a Congo national in Delhi, we directed stringent action against the culprits. We will also launch a sensitization program to reiterate that such incidents against foreign nationals embarrass the country. General V.K.Singh will also hold meetings with African students in metro cities to assure them of their safety and security. dian Government’s commitment to the safety and security of African nationals in India.”