Zero-tolerance against any kind of targeting: Govt to African envoys

Ministry of External Affairs today received a report by African envoys expressing concern over attacks on their nationals, prompting the government to assure them that there was "zero-tolerance" against targeting of any particular nationality and necessary action will taken in the matter.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 02, 2014, 18:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs today received a report by African envoys expressing concern over attacks on their nationals, prompting the government to assure them that there was "zero-tolerance" against targeting of any particular nationality and necessary action will taken in the matter.

"We have received a communication from the African envoys. We have assured them that there is zero-tolerance against any kind of targeting nationals.

And police was probing the matter and necessary action will be taken in this regard," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

He also said that the ministry has informed them that once it receives the police report it will be shared.

Three youth, identified as Mapaga (22) and Yohan (22) from Gabon and Guira (20) from Burkina Faso suffered injuries in their head and legs on Sunday when an angry crowd thrashed them after the trio allegedly molested a woman commuter who raised an alarm.

The police, however said that they have not received any complaint in this regard from any woman.

"We have registered a case of rioting, causing hurt and damage to public property and investigations are on," said a senior Delhi Police official.

Video footages of the incident, which has since then gone viral on social networking websites, showed a large crowd cornering the three youth at a Delhi Police booth where they were beaten up with security personnel nowhere to be seen.

One of the three even climbed over the booth to save himself and was seen being pulled down by the crowd. As the mob continued to throw objects at the three youth, loud cheers were heard in the background while some people were seen shooting the act on their mobile phones.