Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said she has contacted Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in the wake of raising attacks on African Nationals in different areas of the national capital,
“I have spoken to Rajnath Singh and Lt Governor Delhi regarding African nationals in South Delhi yesterday (Saturday),” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
“They have assured me that the culprits would be arrested soon and sensitisation campaign will be launched in areas where African nationals reside,” she added.
Delhi Police has filed four separate cases of attacks on African nationals in Delhi, However Police also clarified that these were not planned attacks and were not racial in nature.
According to police, all the four assaults held on Thursday night in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area where around 300 African nationals reside.
The attacks on the African nationals come a week after a Congolese national, Masonda Ketada Olivier, 29, was hacked to death by group of three men on May 20 after a heated argument over hiring an auto-rickshaw in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area.
While clarifying the nature of the attacks, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh said that, “These are all isolated incidents and not planned attacks. There was no element of racism in the attacks. It’s not as if there’s a public movement against African nationals.”
“All four incidents happened at different locations (one km apart), at different times and for different reasons,” the police officer said.
“Had it been planned, the victims would have received major injuries,” he added.
As per police statement, one African, named Lockey, received minor injuries on his nose when he fell on a stone on the road.
The DCP said, “Being proactive, we took action on our own and filed cases even after all of them refused to lodge police complaints.”
According to a senior police official, the first call was made at 11.00 p.m. by a person named Kenneth on Thursday night after a minor agrument with local residents when he was going in his car to a chemist.
The second call came from Nigerian national Leuchy.
Leuchy was allegedly attacked after he intervened to save the driver of an auto-rickshaw, in which he was travelling, from being beaten by a car driver who was angry for not being given way by the auto.