We have seen the statement by the Eritrean Ambassador to India, who is also the Dean of the African Head of Missions, apparently issued on their behalf. It is unfortunate that a criminal act triggered following the untimely death of a young Indian student
under suspicious circumstances has been termed as xenophobic and racial. Investigations on the death of Indian teenager and the subsequent incident by local authorities are ongoing.
The Government had condemned and described as unacceptable the incident of attack on a few Nigerian nationals in Greater NOIDA. The significance attached to addressing the matter is reflected in the detailed statement by the External Affairs Minister (EAM)
and the discussion in the Parliament.
Following EAM's conversation immediately after the incident with the Chief Minister of the State of Uttar Pradesh, local authorities expeditiously arrested suspects. They registered an FIR and are investigating the matter comprehensively. Local authorities
have also taken measures to strengthen safety and security of Nigerian nationals. Coordination meetings have been held by local police in Delhi as well as Greater NOIDA, with African nationals. Ministry of External Affairs has further sensitised local authorities
towards ensuring safety and security of Africans in general and African students in particular. Three Nigerian nationals treated in hospital for injuries have been discharged.
It may be noted that a subsequent report of assault on a Kenyan national has been withdrawn and the Government has been informed by Kenyan High Commission that the concerned Kenyan national, whose tourist visa has expired, is returning to Kenya. Nevertheless,
the Kenyan High Commission has expressed appreciation for prompt response by local police authorities on her complaint.
As stated earlier, the Government is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreign nationals in India, including African nationals, who remain our valued partners. Strong Indian institutions are adequate to deal with aberrations that represent act
of a few criminals.
April 3, 2017
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