New Delhi: After a series of attacks on the African nationals staying in the national capital, and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) sending out mixed signals as a response to the attacks, the Africans are planning a protest march against the alleged racial attacks.
Although the Delhi Police had on Saturday night arrested 5 people and detained 4 others in connection with the attacks on six Africans, African Students Association in India announced on Sunday that it would take out a ‘March for Justice’ rally in the national capital on Tuesday protesting against the attacks and demanding justice.
According to reports, the police had started their investigation on Friday after the news came to light on Thursday night. The Delhi Police had registered three FIRs.
Responding to the announcement, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted, “I have asked Gen V K Singh MoS and Secretary (ER) Amar Sinha to meet African students who have announced demonstration at Jantar Mantar.”
However, later on Sunday, Ms Swaraj’s deputy VK Singh, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, claimed in tweets that the attacks on Africans were not racially motivated.
He also controversially described the attack on the six Africans on Thursday as a “minor scuffle blown up by the media”.
“Had detailed discussion with Delhi Police and found that media blowing up minor scuffle as attack on African nationals in Rajpur Khurd (neighbourhood in South Delhi where a mob targeted several African nationals on Friday),” Mr Singh said in a tweet. “Why is media doing this? As responsible citizens let us question them and their motives,” he said.