Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the state government over the incident of a Nigerian student being thrashed in Hyderabad.
“On reports of a Nigerian student injured in Hyderabad: EAM @SushmaSwaraj has urgently sought report from State Govt, is monitoring the case”, ministry spokesperson Vikas Swaroop tweeted in the morning.
On Wednesday night, a 23-year-old Niegrian student was thrashed by locals over a parking dispute in Hyderabad.
The incident comes days after a 23-year-old Congolese national was beaten to death in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area.
Reacting to the lynching of the Congolese national, African diplomats had boycotted Indian government’s “Africa Day” celebrations scheduled 25 May. African diplomats had said New Delhi must resolve the problems of “racism” first.
African envoys had also announced that they are likely to recommend to their governments “not to send new students to India” because of “stereotypes and racial prejudice against Africans in India”. The African Group of Heads of Mission declared that it would not join the May 25 Africa Day celebrations.
In Congo, shops belonging to Indians were also attacked.The Indian embassy in Kinshasa, Congo, has urged all Indian nationals to “keep a low profile” for the next couple of days after the attack in which a few Indians were injured.
The Indian embassy, in a statement, had said Chief of police in Kinshasa, General Jean De Dieu Oleko, has assured the embassy that everything will be done to secure the life and property of all Indians residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo.