Nigerian nationals narrate horrific tale of attack in northern India

Injured Nigerian students express their shock over a mob attack on them in India’s northern Greater Noida city.

GREATER NOIDA, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (MARCH 28, 2017) (ANI) – Nigerian students, who were left severely injured after a mob attacked them in India’s northern Greater Noida city, expressed their shock over the incident on Tuesday (March 28).

Police arrested five people on Monday (March 28) for beating up several Nigerian students, the latest attack on Africans in the country.

Police has booked 300 people and had identified nine others, who are on the run, for violence and vandalism.

The attack came after a protest at the death of a 19-year-old student allegedly from a drug overdose, media said. A mob attacked the Nigerians who were shopping in Greater Noida, a town in Uttar Pradesh.

The crowd blamed the Nigerian community in the area for supplying the drugs, according to media reports. Police said the reason for the death of the student was as yet unknown.

Four of the students were badly injured in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital. Television footage showed a scuffle with the mob punching, kicking and beating the people with heavy objects as they lay on the ground.

Doctors confirmed that the injured Nigerians were now stable and will be discharged soon.

In a tweet on Tuesday, India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, said that Yogi Adityanath, the newly appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had assured her of “a fair and impartial investigation”.