Delhi police chairs meeting with 200 Africans, assures safety
New Delhi, Mar 29: Days after some African students were attacked in Greater Noida, senior Delhi Police officers on Wednesday held a meeting with over 200 African nationals to allay the community's apprehensions.
The meeting was held by DCP(South), Ishwar Singh, and Additional DCP-I (South) Chinmoy Biswal. The officers assured the African nationals their concerns will be addressed and their safety and security ensured.
The meeting comes days after the Nigerian students were assaulted in an alleged racial attack. Also a Kenyan woman was allegedly pulled out of a cab and assaulted by some unidentified persons in Greater Noida on Wednesday. The African nationals told the police they are not given rent receipts by landlords that could help prove they are residing here awaiting extension of visas-- in case it has expired.
They also said since the beat staff doesn't understand English, they face problems in communication. The police might hold a sensitisation session for landlord and a meeting with African students bodies.
Last year, a Congolese national was killed in the national capital which had triggered a massive outrage. Following the incident, a helpline number (8750871111) was launched for 24x7 help to African nationals living in India and joint commissioner of police (Southeast) was appointed the nodal officer for the purpose.
The DCPs of different districts had conducted 19 meetings last year with African nationals to assure them of their safety and security.