Bengaluru, Feb 4: Even as the Bengaluru police have launched a probe and even arrested four persons in connection with an incident in which a 21 Tanzanian student was chased, stripped and beaten up, there is a clear indication that much more needs to be done by the law enforcement agencies.
For starters, the incident has shaken up the students who have come from other countries to Bengaluru and the first demand is to conduct a confidence building exercise.
Bosco Kaweesi, the legal adviser of the All African Student's Association tells OneIndia that the students will not leave. Instead they will pursue their education and even complete it.
However apart from a probe, we want a meeting of the students, the local residents, political representatives and also the police, Kaweesi also said.
On Sunday night, a 21 year old BBA student of the Acharya college was chased by a mob before being stripped and beaten up. Her car too was burnt down by the mob. The mob which was protesting an accident went on a rampage. A Sudanese national had accidentally run over a 35 year old lady and this had enraged the locals.
Confidence building exercise
Kaweesi said that the girl who was attacked is traumatised and she would take some time to recover. She will continue studying in Bengaluru, but it would be nice if there is a meeting in which confidence measures can be taken. The students need an assurance that the administration and also the locals are with them he also added.
Some of the students have said that the police action was slow. There were police personnel at the spot that night, but they hardly could do or did anything.
Kaweesi says that a meeting and a thorough investigation would help. The meeting would also comprise members of the African community from Bengaluru. This confidence building exercise is necessary, he also added.
On the incident he said that the victim was attacked by the mob despite not being connected with the accident. The girl was targeted randomly he also added.
Meanwhile the police have arrested four persons in connection with this incident. The police have recorded the statement of the victim and based on what she has narrated the relevant sections have been imposed.
Bengaluru city police commissioner, N S Megharik has assured of a thorough probe while also adding that there is zero tolerance towards a mob mindset.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Division), Suresh T R informed that the girl's statement has been recorded.
The relevant sections have been added in the case and investigations are on he also said. The Home Minister of Karnataka, Dr G Parameshwar too visited the victim and assured them of a speedy probe and protection.