New Delhi, Mar 28: In a racist attack, a mob brutally assaulted two Nigerian students in Greater Noida on Monday evening. The mob surrounded the Nigerian siblings, chased them, dragged them out of their hiding place and thrashed them. Recounting the horrors of the attack, the victims said no one came for help while they were beaten up. A showroom closed its door on their face while they were trying to hide. The angry mob hit them using whatever weapons they could find. Five people have been arrested so far in connection with attack on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida.
“On Monday evening, we were shopping in Ansal Plaza when suddenly a mob attacked us viciously. When we tried to enter a showroom to save ourselves, the staff refused to let us inside,” 24-year-old Precious Amalcima was quoted as saying. Precious and Endurance Amarawa were attacked by scores of people who were enraged by the death of 17-year-old student Manish Khari who died of a suspected drug overdose. Residents believed that Khari procured drugs from the Africans residing in Greater Noida.
“We kept crying for help, but no one came, not even the security marshals. I was running but they followed me and wanted to kill me,” Endurance Amarawa told NDTV. Endurance is a first year BA-LLB student at Noida International University (NIU). His brother Precious has been pursuing political science from NIU for the past two years.
Meanwhile, Indian government condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh as “deplorable” and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India. “Yesterday’s (Monday’s) incident in Greater Noida, in which several people of African origin were injured, is deplorable,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. “Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar spoke to the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and assured the foreign diplomat of the steps being taken by local authorities for safety and security of Nigerian nationals,” Bagley said.