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Kenyan student lied about attack, withdraws complaint: African students association

The female Kenyan student, Maria Burendi, who had on Wednesday alleged that she was pulled out of a cab and beaten up by some unidentified men, today withdrew her complaint after several gaps were found in her statement.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Published on:30 Mar 2017, 1:24 PM IST]
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New Delhi: The female Kenyan student, Maria Burendi, who had on Wednesday alleged that she was pulled out of a cab and beaten up by some unidentified men, today withdrew her complaint after several gaps were found in her statement. 

The Association of African students said today that the woman had given false information to the police. 

Dharmendra Singh Yadav, SSP Gautam Budh Nagar, said in a press conference that the cab driver, who had taken her from Delhi to Greater Noida, has denied that the incident ever happened. 

“The Kenyan student had been lying about the alleged attack. She had been changing her statement,” he added. 

There were no locals involved in the alleged assault on the Kenyan lady. She fought with her own friends, the Noida SSP said.

Javeed Ahmad, the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police had tweeted: “Alleged attack on Kenyan lady in Gnoida. Glaring loopholes in her story. Working to ascertain motive.”

The Kenyan Embassy has reportedly withdrawn the case and said that the police has assured no action would be taken against the woman for lodging a false case. 

The association of the African Students in India said they were "embarrassed" by the incident and that Maria was going through a mental trauma due to "family issues".

"Maria has told us that she was in trauma and has been pleading that the case be withdrawn," Charles Kennedy, vice president AASI said.

The woman had filed a complaint three days after four Nigerian students were allegedly assaulted by locals who took out a candle-light march for a 17-year-old boy who had died last week due to suspected drug overdose in Greater Noida.

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