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Nigerian held for violence in hospital is accused in murder case

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A 38-year-old Nigerian national, Bello Leonard, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly participating in a violent clash that took place at Sawan Neelu Angel Nursing Hospital in Saket was found to be an accused in a New Delhi murder case last year, said an investigating officer.

Speaking at length the officer added: “Bello Leonard had evaded arrest. We are analysing the specific details of that case but his involvement in the murder case which was registered last year is beyond doubt. Till now he has not shared details of any of his associates but most of them are understood to be staying in  South, South West and South East areas of Delhi. We have raided more than a dozen places and also detained few suspects but their involvement is yet to be verified.”

The officer claimed that Leonard could not provide any document which could prove his claim of running a textile business in India, as he had stated during interrogation.

The officer said that when Leonard was probed over his statement that he came Delhi to run a business, he could not share any contact of his close aides or share any details which could prove him to be a businessman.

Meanwhile, police said it was still trying to identify others involved in the violent clash which took place at the hospital in the wee hours on Saturday. The officer said police recovered CCTV footage from the hospital. CCTV footage had shown attackers wielding sticks and swords smashing doors and glasses to reach the reception. “Efforts are being made to identify them; a few people from Chhatarpur have been detained for questioning,” police added.

“The incident occurred around 4 a.m. on Saturday when a PCR call was received by the hospital receptionist about a violent fight erupting between two groups of Nigerians,” said additional deputy commissioner of police, South Delhi, Chinmoy Biswal.

The mayhem reportedly forced the hospital staff to hide themselves in rooms for more than half an hour.