New Delhi: Amid outrage over attacks on Africans in the national capital, eight people were held yesterday for their involvement in an assault on Thursday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also directed the police to take strict action against the attackers and step up patrolling in the areas inhabited by the community.
Delhi Police would be stepping up their patrol in areas inhabited by African nationals. Representation Pic
“Four accused identified as Babu, Om Prakash, Ajay and Rahul have been arrested and the fifth accused, who turned out to be a minor, have been apprehended on charges of causing hurt and wrongful confinement,” DCP (South) Ishwar Singh said about the accused in Thursday’s incident in South Delhi's Mehrauli in which six Africans were injured.
Investigators said four more persons have been detained and were being interrogated in connection with the incident, which came close on the heels of killing of a Congolese national that had triggered angry reaction by all the African countries.
Police attributed two of Thursday’s incidents to a dispute over African nationals playing loud music and other to a scuffle over public drinking. A police official denied that rods or bats were used in the assaults, saying the nature of injuries would have been different then. He said one woman had sustained an injury on her nose.
Union Minister VK Singh yesterday claimed the attack on African nationals in the national capital was a “minor scuffle” which was “blown up” by the media. “Had detailed discussion with Delhi Police and found that media blowing up minor scuffle as attack on African nationals in Rajpur Khurd,” Singh, who is the junior minister in External Affairs Ministry, said and questioned the media’s “motive,” in a series of tweets.
@BJPRajnathSingh: Spoke to Commissioner of Police, Delhi regarding the incidents of physical assault against certain African nationals. Such incidents are condemnable.
@SushmaSwaraj: I have spoken to Shri Rajnath Singh ji and Lt Governor Delhi (regarding) attack on African nationals in South Delhi yesterday. They assured me that the culprits will be arrested soon and sensitisation campaign will be launched in areas where African nationals reside.