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Assault on Tanzanian student: MEA team, envoy to visit B’luru today

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New Delhi: A high-level Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) team from New Delhi, including the Tanzanian High Commissioner to India, will leave for Bengaluru today, January 5 in connection with the case where a Tanzanian woman was assaulted in the city.

A meeting convened by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on Thursday that was attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha and other senior officials of the ministry led to the decision of sending the team.

Speaking to the media, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said, “A team is going to Bengaluru on Friday which includes the high commissioner of Tanzania, who is also the dean of the African diplomatic corps. The team also includes the joint secretary (states), director (east and southern Africa) in the ministry of external affairs and the regional director of ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations), which liaises with the students who come here on ICCR scholarships”.

Meanwhile, five people suspected of assaulting the Tanzanian woman student were arrested on Thursday, Bengaluru Police Commissioner NS Megharik said.

He also added that the five were arrested after being interrogated on Wednesday night under detention in the case registered on the victim’s statement in a road rage incident. He did not, however, disclose names and ages of the five accused.

State Government to reach out to African students in State

In a case of mistaken identity, a mob assaulted the victim suspecting her to be a friend of a Sudanese student, Mohammad Ahad, whose car ran over a woman pedestrian (Shabana Taz) injuring her fatally while driving drunk on Sunday night.

Speaking in this regard, Swarup said that the incident has been condemned unequivocally. “The external affairs minister, in her tweets yesterday, has also said that we are deeply pained over the shameful incident,” he said.

He also added that Sushma Swaraj immediately spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and sought an official report.

There are around 5,000 African students in India.

As for the team going to Bengaluru on Friday, Swarup said that “we will extend full cooperation of the state and central governments to the investigation of this case”.

“The ministry and the state government will also be reaching out to African students in the state to reassure them that their security and well-being is our primary concern,” he added.

 

 

 

 

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