In Chhatarpur village, 4 attacks in 30 mins: Mob ‘targets’ Africans, 7 injured

Police claimed these were not racial attacks. Several people have been detained, they said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2016 8:01 am
Congolese youth, Congo man death, Africans in Delhi, Africans attacked, Attacks on Africans, African attacked, African attacked in Delhi Four African nationals were attacked in Rajpkhurd village of Chhatarpur, South Delhi on Thursday night. The attacks triggered a major diplomatic face-off between India and Africa. (Express photo by Cheena Kapoor)

A week after a man from Congo was beaten to death in Vasant Kunj, seven African nationals were allegedly attacked by a group of 10 men within a span of half-an-hour inside a bylane in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur. The victims — three men and four women — said the attackers hurled racial slurs at them and beat them up with iron rods, sticks, bricks and cricket bats.

The incidents took place in a bylane of Rajpur Khurd village in Chhatarpur Thursday, between 10.30 and 11 pm, said police.

Read | In tense village, locals say ‘they almost asked for it’

In the first case, a scuffle reportedly broke out between Leuchy, a Nigerian national and a group of men. However, Leuchy claimed the group attacked him and his friend without any reason. “After that, they started targeting other African nationals in the locality… it seemed like a pre-planned attack,” said Jason, a Nigerian national.

The second alleged attack was on Kenneth Igbinosa, his wife Kate and the couple’s son, said police. According to Igbinosa, the attackers hit his car with cricket bats and sticks. He said he managed to drive his car out of the lane.

Read | Victims speak up: ‘They were shouting, go back to your country’

The targets of the third attack were Ugandan national Vikky and her brother Pierre. Cameroon nationals Shamira and her friend, who tried to help the duo, said they had to face the wrath of the attackers as well. Shamira claimed the attackers were shouting “go back to Africa”.

Read | Minutes before birthday, man from Congo beaten to death in Vasant Kunj

However, police claimed these were not racial attacks. Several people have been detained, they said.

Three cases have been registered at Mehrauli police station and police are investigating the matter, said DCP (south) Ishwar Singh. “We are trying to identify the attackers and they will be arrested soon,” he said.

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    ari
    Jan 18, 2017 at 7:16 am
    all African drug lords .. killing our future .. go back morons .. when u steal that would be incoming es
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      murali
      May 29, 2016 at 10:14 am
      GOVT SHOULD TAKE STRONG ACTION AND SHOULD STOP ILLEGAL ENCROACHMENT IN DELHI AND KEEP STRICT WATCH ON THESE COLONY PEOPLE ,THIS DONKEY'S DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE,EDUCATED COMMUNITY SHOULD COME FORWARD AND HELP POLICE AND GOVT.BECAUSE LOT OF OUR YOUTH ALSO WORKING OUTSIDE WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT.IRRESPONSIBLE POLITICIAN LIKE KEGRIWAL LEGALIZE ILLEGAL ENCROACHMENT FOR VOTE BANK POLITICS.MOST OF THEM CRIMINAL BACK GROUND
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        Ivian
        May 29, 2016 at 4:26 am
        What does this have to do with Bangladeshi Muslims? You think you can justify your racism against Africans by appealing to prejudice against Muslims? What kind of a "spine" does it take to threaten and malign minorities, weak in number?
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          Mobeen
          May 30, 2016 at 6:21 am
          Whoever is behind this is a coward and a fool. Any innocent blood spilt anywhere is unacceptable... this happening in my own city makes my blood boil... why does everyone think it's ok to resort to violence? lt;br/gt;One thing is clear though, someone is behind this... it's not a impulsive attack...
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            raj
            May 29, 2016 at 4:29 am
            phir tu paaad diya ignorent paady, most of them are involved in drug dealing dont say that they are holy cows.
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              Varun Chaitwal
              May 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm
              they do drugs and lot of crime
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              1. अण्णाजी
                May 29, 2016 at 5:50 am
                I suspect international design to spoil the indo african relations. many terrorists are financially sqizzed thru african nation by india.
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                  abdirizak
                  May 29, 2016 at 11:27 am
                  I am African in East Africa.all Africans are aware what is happening in indian specially crimes against African in your country.your people in Tanzania, nairobi and kampala will face backlash if you continue killing of the innocent African because of their colordia Murtabaad stan zindabaad.
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                    author
                    May 29, 2016 at 12:04 am
                    I have witnessed myself that some of these African nationals also indulge in fighting, misbehaving and are drunk during the night. As a general rule if I want to avoid trouble - if someone pes a comment on me while I am ping through one of the not so good areas of Delhi, I will either ignore or call the cops but will not confront them. These are typical cases of drunk people on both sides fighting and then the Africans give a racial tone to it. the Delhi police should note down their details and if they are repeat offenders - send them back to Africa.
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                      author
                      May 29, 2016 at 12:05 am
                      So the Africans should do what we d- avoid them and not confront them. And that does not make it racial.
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                        disgusted
                        May 29, 2016 at 1:36 am
                        Your atude explains why Bengal has come to such a sorry state after decades of infiltration of Bangladeshi Muslims who took away the resources and reduced you people to minority in a large area of WB. You spineless people kept watching.. Thankfully there are other Indians who don't want to take this type of sh*t!
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                          Dilip Patel
                          May 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm
                          These Africanare misbehave, talk arrogantly using abusive slangs and are cheats, involved in drugs and prosution. No wonder Delhi people are not tolerating and the Police won't help. I suggest that the police commissioner Inquire regarding behavior of these Africans.
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                            Al
                            May 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm
                            Indians please watch out. It's a small World nowadays. Hundreds of millions Africans are on facebook, and twitter, and are watching reports about these events on TV, youtube and other web media.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Remember more than a million Indians live in Africa. News does spread around very fast nowadays because almost everyone is connected. I hope you guys are not uming that Africans live in jungles and don't read or see these news. Almost everyone has a cellphone nowadays. Millions have smartphones, and watch news on TV.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You dont want similar attacks happening to your millions of Indians in Africa. Also the broken trust and relations. Many Indians do business in Africa. Many Indians also like Africans in India also hustle , many also do illegal things in Africa. We also have Indians who are illegals , i believe there must be Africans too in India who might not have correct Visas. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; So Indians before throwing rocks, (Killing) and discriminating against Africans remember Indians too are not perfect.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Majority of Africans in India are international students who are there to study, and maybe do side hustles in order to get some income for things like pocket money rent, and food to supplement what their College financiers send them from Africa.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I thank Indian folks who are posting sober comments requesting their fellow Indians to stop these silly racist attacks. Many are posting comment that ohh Africans there misbehave, don't follow the law, and do drugs. ( I dont think this an issue restricted to African students) How many Indians do drugs for example. How many Indians are thieves, or scammers. Can someone please post statistics for comparison. Remember you guys are more than a Billion folks. I believe there are less than 50,000 Africans in India( I might be wrong, but i know its roughly that figure).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please don't mistake i am not calling Indians thieves or whatever. I just want an apples to apples comparison of such accusations because i agree there must be bad Africans too in that group of students, but they are few. Any society has its bad guys, thugs or whatever. Most of those students are just regular hard working folks pursuing their dreams like any other Indian. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So Indian please style up and stop being racist towards Africans. I have also read about racism by Indians towards your own Indians because they have darker complexion, or belong to lower castes. Please stop this sill racism. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Note: I don have Indian friends by the way. We go to out to drink, or soccer together and they are cool dudes. So i know this is an issue restricted to a few knuckle heads.
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                              Al
                              May 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm
                              These Africans?. So racist!! Deal withe very case Individually. You are now calling a w group of people bad, and whatever? Do you know any of them individually? were you there when any of these cases happened? Please keep your ignorance to yourself. Call the cops. Dont kill a person because of some silly argument. How many Indians are involved in drugs and prosution as compared to Africans? Will the Police Commissioner also inquire into the behavior of all Indians?
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                                Umar
                                May 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                                If you say pro stan in India, then absolutely I should have to hunt anti national like you. Don't take Indians lightly.
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                                  Mohammed imtiaz
                                  May 29, 2016 at 3:02 am
                                  A country of rich heritage and composite cultures can't afford such racial slur on it's glorious history Lets understand many Indians r living in Africa and our actions should not be counter productive Swach bharat should be replaced with sacha bharat
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                                    BharatK
                                    May 29, 2016 at 7:17 am
                                    Media should write with evidences, and not create sensation to garner money. IE, NDTV, and some other Delhi-based media is ruining India by fabricated and sensation news. Govt must regulate media, any media found doing dirty business must be banned and put behind bars. Crimes must be treated as crimes, not as business for media.
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                                      Manohar Lal
                                      May 29, 2016 at 11:44 am
                                      I suspect that this may be a handy work of AAP and Congress Party to put blame on Lt. Governor and Modi Govt.
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                                        Manohar Lal
                                        May 29, 2016 at 11:46 am
                                        I suspect this may be a handy work of AAP and the Congress to blame the Lt. Governor and Modi Govt.
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                                          Mitch, New
                                          May 29, 2016 at 3:39 am
                                          If the PM of the country trashes Somalis (who are Africans) verbally in Kerala, what would one expect of the ignorant Indian public?
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                                            Mitch, New
                                            May 29, 2016 at 3:33 am
                                            The cops are really stupid. How the heck can they say it aint a racial attack.
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