A group of Africans are protesting against the unlawful detention of five Nigerian students in India.
Residents in Delhi have accused the Nigerian students of killing a student and eating him thereafter, an allegation that is unsubstantiated .
These Nigerian nationals were booked by the Greater Noida police on Sunday in connection with the death of a class 12 student, who died from a cardiac arrest, caused allegedly due to drug overdose.
According to Hindustantimes, Manish Singh, who died, was a class 12 student of Jaypee International School and a resident of NSG Society in Greater Noida.
He reportedly went missing on Friday evening and returned home the next morning in an inebriated state. The boy was later admitted to a private hospital, where he died due to cardiac arrest.
The Nigerians — Said Kabir Abdullahi, Said Abubakar Abdullahi, Adamu Usman, Muhammed Amir Zakari Yau and Abdul Qadir Usman — are students of Noida International University. They have been booked under the charges of kidnapping, culpable homicide and murder.
Several students from other countries, including African nations, study in various higher educational institutions in Greater Noida and many stay at private accommodations in the city.
The incident caused an uproar in the NSG Society and residents accused the Nigerians residing in the society of drugging the boy. After the boy’s death, hundreds of residents of the society staged a demonstration on Saturday, demanding the arrest of the Nigerians and their eviction from their society.
Residents said that Manish went missing around 7.30pm on Friday. The residents and his parents had launched an extensive search in the locality but could not find the boy. The police were informed and the accommodation of the Nigerian nationals was searched, but the police did not get any lead.
The Kasna police picked up two Nigerian nationals on Friday night and released them after questioning.
On Saturday morning, Manish was found near the entrance of the society in a highly intoxicated state and was unable to recollect incidents of the previous night. As the boy’s condition got worse, his parents rushed him to a hospital, where he reportedly died due to cardiac arrest around 4pm.
The victim’s brother, Uttam, told media persons that Manish never took any kind of drugs or intoxicants, but injection marks were found on his arms.
The Kasna police picked up five Nigerian nationals and booked them in the case. Following the arrests, many Nigerian nationals and nationals of other African countries held a demonstration outside the Kasna police station demanding the release of the students.
Avnish Dixit, the station house officer of Kasna police station, said, “Five Nigerian nationals have been booked on a complaint filed by the victim’s parents. The matter has to be investigated thoroughly.”
Talking to Hindustan Times, Samuel T Jack, the president of the association of African students in India, said, “The Nigerian students have been falsely implicated in the matter without any evidence. We are in talks with the Nigerian High Commission on the issue. The police have assured a fair inquiry into the matter.”