Members of the African Students Association hold placards during a protest in Hyderabad on February 6, 2016

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African college students typically complain that they’re racially abused in India

India’s Overseas Minister Sushma Swaraj has promised an “neutral” inquiry into assaults on Nigerian college students dwelling in Noida, close to Delhi.

The assaults had been prompted by the loss of life of a neighborhood teenager as a consequence of a drug overdose. His dad and mom blame Nigerian college students for giving him the medicine.

5 Nigerian college students had been attacked on Monday by crowds, whereas one other was crushed by a mob inside a shopping center.

Police say 5 folks have been arrested over the assaults.

Ms Swaraj mentioned she had spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and he had assured her of a “honest and neutral investigation into this unlucky incident”.

The assault on the scholar inside a well-liked shopping center in Noida was recorded on cell phone cameras by different buyers and extensively circulated on social media.

The sufferer instructed Indian reporters he had been crushed with rods, bricks and knives. He mentioned that nobody had helped and even known as the police.

The reactions have been largely these of disgrace and outrage.

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Alkahba Solomon, a scholar in Noida, instructed the BBC that the scenario was not “beneficial for Nigerian college students”.

“Everyone is indoors. However the issue we’re having proper now’s a few of the landlords are telling African college students to vacate from their home. These are the issues,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, the Affiliation of African College students of India, has requested African college students in Noida to remain at dwelling and never attend lessons on Tuesday.

There was a spate of assaults on African nationals dwelling in India final yr, together with one wherein a Congolese man was crushed to loss of life in Delhi.