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Assault on Tanzanian student not racial: Parameshwar

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Bengaluru: G Parmeshwara, Home Minister on Friday said that the state government is seriously probing the brutal assault on a Tanzanian student in Bengaluru. He also assured full safety for foreign students staying in the city.

Addressing a press conference, Home minister said, “We are taking this case very seriously. There are 12,000 foreign students in Bengaluru, their protection is our foremost duty. These kind of incidents should not happen.”

Explaining the sequence of events that led to the brutal assault on woman student, Parmeshwara said, “Had the Sudanese man not killed someone in the accident maybe this incident would not have happened.”

He informed that a man called Sanaullah and his wife were hit by a car driven by a Sudanese national identified as Mohd Ismail, who was under influence of liquor. The woman died on the spot after which an infuriated mob set the car on fire and went on rampage.

“We have formed special teams to trap the culprits and render justice to the victim who declined to file complaint against the accused fearing attack again. Some more arrests are going to be made depending on enquiry. The case has been transferred to Central Crime Branch for investigation,” he added.

However, he maintained that it was not a racist attack, saying “this is just a response to an accident. Bengaluru doesn’t have such kind of attitude.”

“The allegations that her clothes were torn off and they were paraded naked have not been verified as per the investigation so far,” he added.

The DGP and Commissioner also went to spot today and spoke to affected students and assured all help to them, he informed. Parmeshwara further stressed that there are times when foreign students stay even after their passports get expired and, therefore, they are going to pursue such cases.

Five suspects have been arrested by police in this connection and they are being interrogated. We have duly apprised the MEA about the progress in the case, Parmeshwara said.

It may be recalled that a Tanzanian student was allegedly beaten and then stripped by a group of locals in Bengaluru after they assumed she was part of an incident in which a Sudanese man had run over a local woman at Hesaraghatta Road.

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