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
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.

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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.