Mob target Africans again, six injured in different attacks in South Delhi
A week after a Congolese national was beaten to death in Vasant Kunj, four different groups of African nationals were allegedly attacked by residents of three villages in Chattarpur area of south Delhi. The victims were going home.
Police said the incidents took place in a bylane of Rajpur Khurd village in Chhatarpur Thursday, between 10.30 and 11 pm.
Six African nationals said they were racially abused by the residents of Maidangarhi and Rajpur Khurd villages. Police registered four separate FIRs and said the attacks were not planned.
In the first case, a scuffle reportedly broke out between Leuchy, a Nigerian national and a group of men. However, Leuchy claimed the group attacked him and his friend without any reason. A Nigerian national alleged the attack seemed like a pre-planned attack.
The police said the locals and the foreigners clashed over a different reason in each case.
But in the second incident, victim Kenneth Igbiniosa, 26, alleged he was attacked without any provocation.
Kenneth, a musician, who works at the Christ Consulate Church, said ar med locals stopped his car around 10.30pm on Thursday. He was returning home with his wife Kate and four-year-old daughter.
“I saw around 15-20 people ar med with baseball bats, stumps, and rods. The minute I stopped my car, someone broke the windshield of my car. They hit me with bats and abused me. Fortunately, my wife was not hurt. We sped away and approached the police,” he said.
Kenneth has serious injuries on his right elbow and shoulder.
The third attack was llegedly on Ugandan national Vikky and her brother Pierre. Cameroon nationals Shamira and her friend, who tried to help the duo, said they had to face the wrath of the attackers as well. Shamira claimed the attackers were shouting “go back to Africa”.
Lucky, 32, was attacked in Maidangarhi within 50m of the spot, where Kenneth was attacked. He has a deep cut on his nose.
Jason, who is assisting the victims, has planned Tuesday’s protest. “Even women were attacked that day. All Africans, who passed through the villages that night, were attacked. A woman was rushed to AIIMS. Should we start carrying weapons for our safety? We want answers this time,” he said.
However, police claimed these were not racial attacks. Several people have been detained, they said.
Three cases have been registered at Mehrauli police station and police are investigating the matter, said DCP (south) Ishwar Singh. “We are trying to identify the attackers and they will be arrested soon,” he said.