New Delhi: The police has registered four separate cases of alleged assault on African nationals in the national capital, but added that none were part of a planned attack and were not racial in nature.
According to police, all four incidents took place on Thursday night in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area where around 300 African nationals live.
The attacks on the African nationals come a week after a Congolese national Masonda Ketada Olivier, 29, was beaten to death by three youths on May 20 after a verbal altercation over the hiring of an auto-rickshaw in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi.
Clarifying on the nature of the attacks, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh said, “These are all isolated incidents and not planned attacks. There was no element of racism in the attacks. It’s not as if there’s a public movement against African nationals.”
“All four incidents happened at different locations (a kilometre apart), at different times and for different reasons,” the DCP said, adding, “Had it been planned the victims would have received major injuries.”
According to police, only one African national, named Lockey, received minor injuries on his nose when he fell on a stone on the road and has got one stitch.
The DCP further said, “Being proactive, we took action on our own and filed cases even after all of them refused to lodge police complaint.”
On Thursday night, two PCR calls were made to the Delhi Police reporting a brawl in Mehrauli’s Rajpur Khurd area, where the African nationals reside.
A senior police official said that the first PCR call was made at 11 p.m. by one Kenneth on Thursday night following a minor brawl with local residents when he was going in his car to a chemist. In the brawl he received minor injuries.
The second PCR call came from one Nigerian national Lockey.
Lockey was allegedly beaten after he intervened to save the driver of an auto, in which he was travelling, from being beaten by a car driver for not giving way to his vehicle.
He fell on the ground and injured his nose.
The DCP said that the suspects have been identified and would be arrested soon.
The circumstances in the other two cases are not yet clear.