Tanzanian woman assault case: Senior police official suspended

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has suspended another senior police official in connection with the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian woman student here, even as African students staged a rally over the incident on Saturday.

Tanzania’s High Commissioner to India John Kijazi, Karnataka IGP Omprakash and African students at a meeting about the alleged attack on a female Tanzanian student in Bengaluru on Friday. Pic/PTI
Tanzania’s High Commissioner to India John Kijazi, Karnataka IGP Omprakash and African students at a meeting about the alleged attack on a female Tanzanian student in Bengaluru on Friday. Pic/PTI 

Assistant Commissioner of Police AN Pise of Yeshwanthpur Division has been suspended for dereliction of duty, Police Commissioner NS Megharikh said, a day after a team of Tanzanian High Commissioner John WH Kijazi, also the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, and External Affairs Ministry officials flew in and met state officials and African students.

With this, six policemen —an ACP, an Inspector and four constables — have been suspended, Megharikh said. On a mission to get a first-hand account and build confidence among African students here, the Tanzanian envoy backed the steps taken by the government in connection with the incident on Sunday.

“We are very much impressed with the action already taken,” Kijazi had said, dismissing the talk about racism. Nine persons have been arrested in connection with the incident in which the 21-year old Tanzanian student faced mob fury after a Sudanese driving a car struck a couple.

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