NEW DELHI: Five people have been arrested for the attack on six Africans in south Delhi’s Mehrauli on Thursday night. Police have said the attacks, a week after a Congolese national was beaten to death in the city, were “isolated incidents” not racist in nature. Two of those attacked have alleged they were beaten with cricket bats.
The attacks came within a week of a Congolese national being attacked and killed in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj on May 20. A Nigerian man was also beaten up in Hyderabad. Both attacks happened over arguments the Africans hd with locals.At least six African nationals had sustained injuries in the incidents. Police attributed two of the incidents to a dispute over African nationals playing loud music and other to a scuffle over public drinking. These incidents happened close on the heels of murder of 23-year-old Congolese national M K Oliver in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area last week.
Envoys of African countries on Thursday had expressed shock over the killing of Oliver, following which India assured them of safety and security of all African nationals. The victims in Thursday’s cases include two women — one from Uganda and the other from South Africa — and at least two Nigerian men who alleged they were abused on racial lines. While two of the cases have been registered under the charge of criminal intimidation, the other has been registered under charges of causing hurt and wrongful confinement, police had said. The police officials had also claimed no African National was seriously injured. “No African National was seriously injured. A Nigerian national, identified as Leuchy, sustained minor injuries on his nose and he was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre,” police had said.