3 cases lodged af­ter at­tacks on Africans

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

New Delhi: Amid ou­trage by African en­voys fol­low­ing killing of a Con­golese youth here, three cases of phys­i­cal as­sault and crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion of African na­tion­als in south Delhi have been reg­is­tered by the po­lice.

Po­lice at­trib­uted two of the in­ci­dents to lo­cals rais­ing ob­jec­tion to the African na­tion­als' play­ing loud music dur­ing late night, and the other to ob­jec­tion raised against a group of Africans con­sum­ing al­co­hol in pub­lic. All three in­ci­dents, which took place af­ter 10pm on Thurs­day in ar­eas un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Mehrauli po­lice sta­tion, are rem­i­nis­cent of the Khirki Ex­ten­sion in­ci­dent in 2014 which wit­nessed a mid­night raid by AAP MLA Som­nath Bharti and some lo­cals, lev­el­ling se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions against African na­tion­als re­sid­ing in the area. The com­plainants in Thurs­day's cases in­clude two women -- one from Uganda and the other from South Africa -- and at least two Nige­rian men, po­lice said.

"While two of the cases have been reg­is­tered un­der the charge of crim­i­nal in­tim- ida­tion, the other has been reg­is­tered un­der charges of caus­ing hurt and wrong­ful con­fine­ment," DCP ( south) Ish­war Singh said.

He fur­ther said, "No African Na­tional was se­ri­ously in­jured. A Nige­rian na­tional, iden­ti­fied as Leuchy, sus­tained mi­nor in­juries on his nose and he was taken to AIIMS Trauma Cen­tre."

"None of the African Na­tion­als agreed to give a com­plaint. How­ever, the lo­cal po­lice act­ing on their own have reg­is­tered crim­i­nal cases. The ac­cused per­sons in­volved in the in­ci­dents have been iden­ti­fied and ef­forts are on to ar­rest them," Singh said.

When con­tacted, Leuchy ( 32), who has been liv­ing here since Novem­ber 2015 on a busi­ness visa, said that he was on his way to a nearby church in an auto- rick­shaw when a group of lo­cals stopped it mid­way. "They at­tacked me with bats and a stone, which caused a deep in­jury on my nose among other wounds. They kept thrash­ing me as I screamed for help ask­ing them why they were do­ing so," he said.

Cor­re­spon­dent@ dnain­dia. net — PTI

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