Delhi Police rules out racial angle in Nigerian man's thrashing
The Delhi Police on Monday said that thrashing of a Nigerian man in the national capital's Malviya Nagar area was not a 'racial' attack. Delhi's DCP (South) Ishwar Singh said that the foreign national was assaulted on suspicion of a theft, adding that a person has been arrested in connection with the incident so far.
In a video that surfaced earlier, a person of Nigerian nationality could be seen being tied to a street light post and thrashed with sticks and iron rods by a mob.
"Incident is of 24 September, when we arrested Nigerian national he didn't tell us he was beaten up. When the video surfaced got to know what happened. He was beaten up because of theft suspicion there is no racial basis," Singh told the media on Monday.
The DCP further said that beating up a person is not justified even if he was involved in stealing. He said that one person has been arrested after being identified from the video.
The man could be seen with his feet tied to a post, begging for mercy as locals keep hitting him with sticks. A case has been filed by a local resident after the incident, reportedly claiming that the man was involved in a theft.
Last year, a Congolese national was killed in the national capital, triggering a massive outrage.