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They don’t want Africans here, says Samuel Jack

Published : Mar 29, 2017, 12:42 am IST
Updated : Mar 29, 2017, 6:21 am IST

Student union president says India not a safe student destination.

African nationals meet Noida SSP Dharmendra Yadav regarding the suspected racial attack on them. (Photo: PTI)
 African nationals meet Noida SSP Dharmendra Yadav regarding the suspected racial attack on them. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: After a spate of alleged racial violence against African students in Greater Noida, an association of African students on Tuesday demanded that they be provided adequate security.

“They (locals) say that they don’t want Africans to be here anymore. These are actually hate crimes towards the African community. Africans are not secure in this country,” Samuel Jack, the president of Association of African Students in India, said.

In the aftermath of the death of a 17-year-old boy in the Delhi suburbs, four Nigerian students were beaten up inside a local mall on Monday. The boy had died last week due to suspected drug overdose.

Earlier on Monday, the African student group had issued an advisory, asking its members to stay indoors and abstain from going to their colleges. Mr Jack said that Africans may not come to India for studying due to safety concerns in the wake of such incidents. “I urge them (Africans), wherever they are, to stop making India their destination of study until and unless there is proper security,” he said.

The student leader claimed that the alleged attack on the African students on Monday night was mobilised by local youth. The police has arrested six of them while two others are absconding. One of the injured Nigerians alleged that he was assaulted for no reason. “I don’t go to any club in this country. I don’t drink. They assaulted me for no reason. I don’t know what to say. They do not want us to be in this country,” he claimed.

The four Nigerian students were allegedly attacked by residents who took out a candle-light march over the death of the teenager. The boy’s parents had alleged that the foreigners had kidnapped him and given him drugs that led to his death.

“All African students studying in Greater Noida are hereby instructed to stay home until proper security is provided to secure our lives. Also, you are advised not to attend any lecture until we are granted maximum security,” the association said on Facebook.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi