New Delhi, India: Delhi police have arrested one person in connection with the brutal assault on a Nigerian student, Ahmed in Malviya Nagar, retracing the infamous trails of national capital’s tryst with racism. After the clip of a Nigerian student being thrashed for allegedly committing theft went viral, police have arrested one and identified four others in the case.
The incident took place on September 24. Locals alleged that Ahmed was trying to steal from someone’s home when he was caught.
The man later fell down the stairs following which he was nabbed by locals and beaten up. The video clip shows Ahmed tied to a pole and his feet were tied as well. He was flogged and beaten with sticks by several goons.
Accused of theft, the barefoot man in the video can be seen tied to the pole and being beaten mercilessly with sticks and hurled abuses at. People surrounding the foreign national are apparently residents of the area, where the alleged theft took place. After beating him to pulp, the residents called the police on him and reasoned his injuries on ‘fall from stairs’.
Delhi police had however arrested him and sent him to judicial custody for theft. However, no action was taken against attackers till today.
DCP south, Ishwar Singh said, “He didn’t say in the medical examination that public thrashed him, didn’t tell anyone about how he got injured”.
He further added, “We got to know about this today after the video clip. No one has right to beat him even if there were allegations. A case has been registered”
“Even if the Nigerian national was stealing, beating him is not justified; identified one man from the video and arrested him, looking for others,” added DCP South.
The DCP has also ruled out any possibility of racial attack, talking to media persons he clarified that the Nigerian national was beaten up on suspicion of theft.
This incident has brought back the ghosts of past, when earlier this year, four Nigerians were thrashed in Greater Noida in connection with the death of a teen due to drug overdose.
In another harrowing episode, a Kenyan woman was pulled out of cab in Greater Noida and assaulted by three men in Greater Noida in May this year.
South Delhi is not new to such ghastly racist attacks, May 2016, a Congolese youth was killed after he got into an argument with some men over a cab ride.