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To address the grievances of Africans residing in the capital, the Delhi Police have created a nodal agency to handle their issues and appointed Joint Commissioner of Police (southeastern range) R P Upadhyaya as the nodal officer.
The appointment was made after a 10-member delegation of Africans, mostly students, met Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar Verma at the police headquarters Monday.
A statement from the police said, “The meeting, which was held at 3 pm, was organised in order to reassure them (Africans) of prompt redressal of their grievances, and also apprise them of various steps undertaken by police to ensure their safety and security in the city.”
They were requested by the police commissioner to call 100 or 8750871111, a dedicated helpline for foreigners, in case of an emergency.
Abdou Brahim, president of association of African Students in India, said, “Today we met the police commissioner to discuss attacks in Delhi against our people. He has us assured of prompt action and justice to the family of the victim who was killed in Vasant Kunj.”
He added, “It doesn’t matter if the issue is racial or not. This is a democratic nation with a police system to look into law and order. Then how can locals take the law in to their own hands instead of informing police about their problems?”
Police also told the representatives about the various meetings held by them with members of the African community all over Delhi, especially after the murder of Congolese national Olivier last week.
The Africans have been requested to contact local police if they face any act of violence or if they have any apprehension, said the statement.