New Delhi, March 29: The government is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreigners in India. Monday's incident in Greater Noida, in which several people of African origin were injured, is deplorable, says External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay on Tuesday.
Responding to a media query in the national capital this evening regarding alleged attack in which some people of African origin were injured in Noida, Gopal Baglay said the incident was deplorable. He said, People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has also spoken to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and are investigating the matter. They are also taking necessary steps to keep the situation under control.
Subsequently, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar spoke to the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and apprised of the steps being taken by local authorities for safety and security of Nigerian nationals.
In Uttar Pradesh, five persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddha Nagar Police for their alleged involvement in the Nigerian students attack case at Greater Noida today. FIR has been lodged against 12 persons.
The incident came as locals protested following the death of a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG Black Cats Enclave due to suspected drug overdose and five Nigerian students living in the neighbourhood were booked - and later detained - in connection with the case.
The students were later released for lack of evidence. Over 100 locals held a protest at the busy junction demanding that all Africans living in residential colonies in Greater Noida be asked to vacate their rented houses immediately.