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Govt committed to ensuring safety of foreigners: MEA

SNS | New Delhi |

In the wake of the attack on Nigerians in Greater Noida, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday said that the government is committed to ensuring safety of foreigners in India.

"Greater Noida incident where people of African origin were injured is deplorable. Government is committed to ensuring safety of foreigners in India," the MEA said in a statement.

"Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar spoke to Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria and apprised him of the steps being taken by local authorities for safety of Nigerian nationals," the statement added.

Earlier in the day, Nigerian High Commissioner had met the MEA officials following the attack in Greater Noida and raised concerns over the security of Nigerian nationals in the country.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath regarding the attack after the Nigerian national and tweeted, saying living in the area was becoming a life threatening issue.

Three Nigerians were injured during a fight that broke out on Monday night when local residents were holding a candlelight march against the death of a class 12 student, They attacked the African students shopping in the area, alleging that the student, Manish Khari, was drugged by the Nigerians living nearby.