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Attack on Africans: India not taking visible measures, say African envoys

SNS | New Delhi |

In the wake of recent racial attacks on Nigerians in Greater Noida, African envoys on Monday condemned the incident and expressed deep concern over India not doing enough post the attack.

Calling the incidents 'racial, xenophobic acts', they sought international inquiry into the matter.

"No known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken by India," the heads of African missions said in a statement.

"These reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved cases against Africans, were not sufficiently condemned by the Indian authorities," the statement added.

The African envoys held a special meeting to review the attacks and agreed to call for an independent investigation by the Human Rights Council and also to report to the African Union Commission.

Expressing deep concern over a series of attacks on Nigerians in Greater Noida, the country on March 30 summoned the Indian High Commissioner and asked for the arrest of the attackers immediately.

Three Nigerian students were attacked during a fight that broke out on March 28 when local residents were holding a candlelight march against the death of a class 12 student who died of drug overdose. The local residents have alleged that the student, Manish Khari, was drugged by the Nigerians, who lived nearby.