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Protesting Indian Locals Attack Nigerian Students

Some Nigerian students on Monday sustained severe injuries after a group of locals attacked them in Pari Chowk, Noida. The incident occurred at 6 PM when a group, comprising hundreds of locals, held a protest demanding all Africans living in Greater Noida region vacate their rented houses immediately.

The protest was triggered by the death of a class 12 student, who reportedly died of drug overdose, and five Nigerian students from the same neighborhood were detained in connection with the case.

The locals also claimed that the boy was seen spending time with these Nigerian students and accused them of cannibalism. However, the Nigerian students were released owing to the lack of evidence.

Police have registered a case under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code in relation to the incident and arrested five people. The locals had permission to protest, but suddenly, the situation spiraled out of control. Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took cognizance of the matter and sought a report.

“I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida,” Sushma tweeted.

The Association of African Students in India claimed there had been multiple attacks on African students, and ten students so far had been targeted.

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