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Nigerian student assaulted in Hyderabad over parking; MEA seeks report

After Congolese man's murder, another incident with Nigerian student held; case registered under IPC section 324

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Publish Date: May 27 2016 12:53PM | Updated Date: May 27 2016 12:53PM

Nigerian student assaulted in Hyderabad over parking; MEA seeks report
Few days after the murder of 23-year-old Congolese national MK Olivier in the national capital, a Nigerian student has now been hit by an iron rod in Hyderabad, said reports.
 
The Nigerian student was allegedly thrashed by a Hyderabad resident following an argument over parking space on Wednesday, according to reports.
 
A case has been registered under Section 324 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Hyderabad Police have arrested the accused.
 
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from Telangana government over the incident.
 
The attack comes close on heels of the murder of 23-year-old Congolese national MK Olivier in New Delhi which also saw many African envoys threatening to boycott the Africa Day celebrations in New Delhi.
 
Union Minister VK Singh sought to cool down the tempers and said that the Centre is firmly committed that such incidents cannot be forgotten. "The government of India condemns a heinous crime like this. It was a crime, it is not premeditated, not racial," he said.

When asked about sensitising programmes demanded by African envoys, Singh said that move has been initiated by the Indian government.
 
"We have told the envoys that we will do sensitisation. On Thursday, the External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) tweeted. We will do it as per convenience of our African Heads of Missions, with then taking the administration with us, we will go around talking to people. We will assure them that there safety is our concern," he said.
 
The Indian community staying in Africa, particularly in Congo, have been told to be careful. Several protesters had taken to the streets in Congo's capital Kinshasa demanding appropriate action from the Indian government into the murder case of Olivier.