AAP vigilantism: MEA reassures Africa envoys, promises action

MEA Secretary (West) Dinkar Khullar met the envoys in South Block on Saturday and conveyed the government’s view that the incident was condemnable.

New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2014 2:51 pm
Law Minister Somnath Bharti of the AAP had allegedly harassed a group of Ugandan women in Khirki Extension in south Delhi. (PTI) Law Minister Somnath Bharti of the AAP had allegedly harassed a group of Ugandan women in Khirki Extension in south Delhi. (PTI)

Two days after a crowd led by Law Minister Somnath Bharti of the AAP allegedly harassed a group of Ugandan women in Khirki Extension in south Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday called a meeting of envoys of African countries and told them that the Centre viewed the incident as “condemnable” and would take appropriate action.

The ministry also informed over 20 African envoys that the Delhi Police will set up a single point of contact for grievance redressal.

MEA Secretary (West) Dinkar Khullar met the envoys in South Block on Saturday and conveyed the government’s view that the incident was condemnable.

He also assured the African envoys that there was “no deliberate targeting” of the nationals of any country and the incident would remain an “aberration”.

Khullar informed the envoys that police are deploying extra patrols so that life and property of all residents of Delhi, including foreign nationals, is safeguarded.

A single-point office of the police commissioner will be established, specifically to handle complaints of foreign nationals.

“Although this will be for all foreign nationals… for now, it will primarily focus on African nationals. The single-point contact will be named in a day or two and the African missions will be intimated accordingly,” an official said.

MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, “Incident utterly condemnable. We cannot condone it. Incident should remain an aberration. Extra patrols being deployed so that life & property of residents of Delhi, including foreign nationals, is protected.”

Sources said the envoys were appreciative of the prompt response from the Centre. Though the Ugandan envoy was not in town, many others spoke about the need to sensitise people about the problems faced by their nationals.

“We are concerned about the safety and welfare of our nationals…so we took the opportunity to voice our concerns. The MEA officials took note of our sentiments,” an African envoy, who attended the meeting, said.

Another envoy from a west African country said, “The number of nationals from the African countries are increasing, partly due to the generous scholarship programmes from India and partly due to the economic affluence of certain sections in the African countries. So, the Indian people need to be educated about our presence and our lifestyle habits.”

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    M S
    Jan 19, 2014 at 10:43 am
    In just 20 days, AAP has become the worst every party, with too much arrogance on the part of its ministers and leaders, no regard for the people, their privacy, failing in all its promises miserably.
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    Prashant
    Jan 20, 2014 at 12:02 am
    Somnath Bharati should be jailed for one day. This will make him think about his actions as well as get a first hand account of life for the criminals
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    ramu
    Jan 18, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    The Government officials especially holding high offices should be barred from tweeting This is against Government conduct rules How can individuall officer express the Government opinion in his personal column be it tweet or face book
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  4. S
    Sampat
    Jan 20, 2014 at 1:14 am
    Why is Govt bending over backwards in this case and try please people who they never even think of? Politics certainly. Let any of them go to these countries and lodge a police complaint and see if anybody takes notice.
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    Shinto
    Jan 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm
    What about drugs dealing and prosution,,,,,same problems in Goa,Dubai,and America ...want to watch them too....they want to know our culture too...
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  6. C
    Citizen
    Jan 19, 2014 at 1:55 am
    How long the nation is going to tolerate this Unfit Powerless Alliance? These guys bungled up our foreign policy and delicate diplomacy all over the world and brought down our image. Indian lives are cheap as seen in Kerala incident, Now with this nation , Visa fraud. Nothing great even with our next door neighbors so what is that these guys policy only self enrichment and their own bank accounts no national interests???? God save the nation from these yes hujoor guys??? Jaihind
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