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Those behind attacks on Africans in India must be punished, says United Nations

LiveMint logoLiveMint 04-04-2017 Yoshita Singh

United Nations: The United Nations has expressed hope that those behind attacks on African nationals in India would be brought to justice.

“We do very much hope that people who are responsible for the attacks are brought to justice,” spokesman for UN secretary-general Stéphane Dujarric told reporters on Monday.

Dujarric was asked about the incidents of attacks on African nationals in India and whether there was any UN response or intervention to prevent these attacks.

Dujarric said that there was no UN involvement that he was aware of.

Four Nigerian students were attacked by a group of Greater Noida residents who took out a candle light march on 26 March after a 17-year-old Indian boy died due to suspected drug overdose.

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Denouncing attacks on African nationals as “xenophobic and racial” in nature, heads of African missions in India have hit out at the government, saying it took no “known, sufficient and visible” deterrent action.

The Indian government has condemned the attacks as “unacceptable” and said investigations in the death of the teenager and the subsequent incident by local authorities are ongoing. PTI

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