Five men were arrested March 28 after mobs assaulted African people in Greater Noida, India, on March 26 and 27 (video below).
According to the Hindustan Times, an Indian teen died on March 25 of a suspected drug overdose. On March 26, five Nigerians were arrested, and later released due to a lack of evidence. Residents attacked two Nigerians that night, and accused them of giving the teen drugs.
Senior Police Officer Sujata Singh told Agence France-Presse that about 500 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to call for justice for the teen on March 28, but violence broke loose (again) when the crowd saw some Nigerians nearby.
Endurance Amalawa, an African student, told NDTV how he and his brother were attacked by the mob, notes AFP:
We kept crying for help, but no one came, not even the security marshals. I was running but they followed me and attacked me. Some people were hitting us, pushing us out... they dragged my brother outside and start hitting him.
Singh said: "Rumors were being spread that Africans are behind the youth's death and racist comments were made on social media. It looks racially motivated. Five attackers have been arrested and four others are on the run."
India's foreign ministry called the violence "deplorable," and said: "The government is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreigners in India. People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners."
Presidoe Okujuna, a spokesman for the Association of African Students in India, stated: "The locals look at us like cannibals. People are scared. They don't want to come out. They want security for their lives."
The Association of African Students in India issued a warning to African students on Facebook on March 27:
The Association of African Students in India request All African Students Residing in Greater noida-Uttar pradesh to remain indoor at their home abstain from the lecture of Tuesday 28 march 2017 and be vigilante as per the recent increasing number of attacked which we can not justify the exact figure as we are receiving calls from all angles seeking for police assistance. until the police effect if will be reinforced and tight the security, mainwhile you can always call the police foreigners help line number is available 24/7 for an emergency...
Sushma Swaraj, the union foreign affairs minister, tweeted on March 28 that she spoke to Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, about the attacks: "He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident," notes the Hindustan Times.
Warning: Violent Footage