India on Wednesday questioned the decision of the African envoys to approach the United Nations on recent attacks on African nationals and noted that that there is sufficient institutional mechanism in the country to ensure safety of all foreigners.
“Not right to connect with racism before probe ends. I said this in context of attacks in the United States too,” Swaraj said while speaking on the issue in Lok Sabha.
Swaraj was referring to the incident where four Nigerian students were brutally assaulted after a protest over the death of a 17-year-old spilled over to Ansal Plaza mall in Greater Noida. The boy died of suspected drug overdose and his family alleged that their Nigerian neighbours had kidnapped and murdered him.
Ms. Swaraj said the incident of mob attack in Greater Noida took place on March 27, when local miscreants took advantage of the anger among locals following the death of 19-year old student Manish, allegedly due to drug overdose.
“You can’t say our steps are inadequate. We are committed to ensuring security of all foreigners in India,” she said while addressing the concerns raised over the safety of foreigners in the country.
“We are constantly working for security of African nationals. We told him calling us ‘xenophobic’ and then saying you will go to Human Rights Council was not right. V K Singh has spoken to them,” she added.
A day before, the Heads of Missions of African countries in India slammed physical attacks on their compatriots as “xenophobic and racial” in nature, saying the government in New Delhi took no “known, sufficient and visible” deterrent action despite such incidents happening in the past.