A Hyderabad-based man was arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting a Nigerian student. Mohammed Gafoor allegedly beat up his neighbour Jamiullah Ghazim (26), a final-year BSc student at Nizam College, during an argument over parking.
The incident, which took place Wednesday night in Hyderabad’s Banjara Hills area, comes days after the murder of a Congolese youth in Delhi. Envoys of African nations had expressed concern regarding the Delhi incident, following which India assured them of the safety of the African community here.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought an urgent report on the incident from the Telangana government.
“On reports of a Nigerian student injured in Hyderabad: EAM @SushmaSwaraj has urgently sought report from State Govt, is monitoring the case,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. “I have also asked Shri Amar Sinha Secretary ER (Economic Relations) of my Ministry to speak to Chief Secretary Telangana and monitor this,” tweeted Swaraj.
Investigation Officer S Krishnaiah said Ghazim, who hails from Lagos in Nigeria, had parked his car outside Gafoor’s house in the Singadabasti locality in Banjara Hills.
“Ghazim stays at Royal Residency apartment, but parked his car outside Gafoor’s house. On Wednesday night, the two started arguing when Ghazim parked his car at the same spot. During the argument, Gafoor grabbed a screw driver from an electrician’s shop nearby and hit Ghazim several times on his head. Ghazim has received stitches, but is fine now,’’ Krishnaiah said.
After the incident, Ghazim lodged a police complaint on the basis of which Gafoor was nabbed. He has been remanded in 14 days’ custody. Gafoor has also lodged a complaint, alleging that Ghazim assaulted him.