Pune, India: A Nigerian student was tied to a pole and beaten up by a mob in Pune, India, before he was rescued by the police. The youth identified as Bunduki Salima Rachet, is a third year student from Bharatiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune.
According to local media reports, the Nigerian allegedly went on a rampage smashing windows and making obscene gestures at ladies at the Law college road footpath and all of a sudden he took of his clothes started shouting, dancing and jumping.
A resident told press that, “This guy was first standing calmly in front of our furniture shop. When I noticed him for the first time, he was speaking to himself. Then suddenly, he took out his cellphone from his pocket and threw it to the ground. Then, he began taking off his clothes and shouting something in English. As there is a traffic signal ahead on this road, vehicles had stopped at the red light. He first broke the front glass of a Mercedes and subsequently hit two other cars. After that, he attacked a couple of autorickshaw drivers, who hit him while trying to defend themselves.”
As a huge crowd gathered, people tried to restrain him but he continued attacking them and damaging vehicles. “When he entered a PMPML bus naked, in which the majority of passengers were women, I took a wooden stick and along with the others, started beating him. He was very violent; his eyes had turned red. We were a group of 10-15 people, but we couldn’t hold on to him. He was beating all of us with his bare hands and abusing us,” Atpatkar added.
The fiasco had resulted in a traffic snarl along Law College Road for around an hour. Beat marshals, traffc policemen along with senior police inspector Pratibha Joshi, in-charge of Kothrud traffic police division, rushed to the spot. The policemen dispersed the crowd and began monitoring the traffic to ease the congestion.
Joshi states that “He is a Nigerian national, who has come to Pune for his studies. According to our primary investigation, he was heavily under the influence of drugs, owing to which he got violent. Also, it seems that he has some psychological problem; he was saying irrelevant things and attacking other people around him. So, we called up a government ambulance and sent him to Sassoon hospital for a check-up.”
When press spoke to Rachet, he only said, “I want to kneel down and pray to God. I want to go to Baner, and please allow me to wear my clothes.”
Last week a Swiss couple was attacked in Agra when they were walking along a train track in Fatehpur Sikri, the 16th-century city built by Mughal emperor Akbar. The couple said the men first began remarking loudly about them and then tried to take selfies with Droz. They also tried to find out where the couple was staying in Agra. The Swiss man suffered fracture and was admitted to Apollo hospital, Agra. The incident was a major embrassement, hotel owners are worried about the impact on tourism.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Tourism Minister KJ Alphons wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath soon after the assault and Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said the government was in touch with the Swiss embassy regarding the incident.
The increase in the incidents of mob attacks against foreign tourists and students is an isssue of major concern.