Nigerian student attacked with iron rod in Hyderabad

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Troubling times Sushma Swaraj is under pressure from the media and the Opposition after the Lalit Modi controversy broke out . Photo: Tehelka Archives
Photo: Tehelka Archives

A 23-year-old Nigerian student was attacked with an iron rod by Mohammed Gaffoor, a Hyderabad resident in the posh Banjara Hills locality following a row over parking space.

A case has been lodged under Section 324 of the IPC and the Hyderabad Police have arrested the accused, on 27 May, two days after the incident occurred.

Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from Telangana government over the incident.

The attack comes soon after the murder of MK Olivier, a Congolese national, in Delhi. The incident saw many African ambassadors threatening to boycott the Africa Day celebrations in Delhi.

Cooling the rising temper, Union minister VK Singh said the central government was committed to the fact that such incidents “cannot be forgotten”.

Meanwhile, when Swaraj was queried about the sensitising programmes as demanded by African ambassadors, she said that the government is ready to take up the move. She asked the Indian community staying in Africa, particularly Congo, to be careful.