March 12, 2015 10:12:14 pm
Nine persons have been arrested in connection with an attack on four African men that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday at Byrathi and Kothanur areas in North-East Bangalore. The Kothanur police had on Wednesday registered a case of assault against unidentified persons for the attack on four Ivory Coast men.
The Africans were allegedly attacked by locals in the area where they lived following a series of skirmishes between them and locals on various issues. The four men from Ivory Coast did not file a police complaint about the attack on them by locals but the police took up a suo motu case on the basis of a statement made by one of the four victims identified as John. A police team initially arrested two persons identified as Vijay, 35, an autorikshaw driver and Ramesh Kumar, 35, a mobile shop owner on Thursday in connection with the attack.
“We have arrested nine persons in all after the first arrests and are questioning others,” a senior police officer said. The seven others arrested in the case are Kiran, Joseph, Dayananda, James, Lourde, Bala Kumar and Bhanu Prakash.
The trouble in the residential area where a large number of Africans reside broke out in the early hours of Tuesday when Ivory Coast citizen John and his friends were reportedly partying at their home in Kothanur. A few local residents objected to the noise from the house resulting in a heated exchange between the two groups. During the argument John was allegedly beaten by the mob. The mob dispersed from the scene soon after the arrival of the local police.
Later when John and his friends were being treated at a hospital in Byrathi they were informed that an angry mob was searching for John. The foreign national tried to run away and hide but was cornered at the Century Bar in the locality and was assaulted by the locals. The Bangalore police booked a case against the mob based on a complaint lodged by a manager at the Century Bar where John was attacked.
“Two cases, one in Kothanur police station and another in Hennur police station, were registered against the mob for attacking foreigners. We formed a special team to nab the accused,” additional commissioner of police P Harishekharan said.
A peace committee meeting will be convened in the area in a few days to bring about better understanding between African origin people residing in the area while pursuing studies in Bangalore city, the police official said. The clashes were a result of cultural differences with locals, he said.
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