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Swiss couple attack: One arrested, Sushma seeks report from UP govt, Swiss Embassy says providing support to victims

Sushma Swaraj has sought information from the UP government on a news report of a young Swiss couple being attacked by a group of youths in Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: October 26, 2017 17:57 IST ]
 Swiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikri
Swiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikri

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today sought information from the Uttar Pradesh government on a news report of a young Swiss couple being attacked by a group of youths in the Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday. 

She also said that her office will reach out to the couple. 

"I have just seen this. I have asked for a report from the state government. My officers will reach them in the hospital," Swaraj tweeted. 

A couple from Lausanne in Switzerland was chased and attacked with stones and sticks by a group of youths in the Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday, leaving them battered and bruised. 

FIR was registered against four unknown people and one of them has been arrested, ANI reported. 

Meanwhile, the Swiss Embassy, in a statement,  confirmed the incident and added that it is providing support to the victims. 

"The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi confirms that two Swiss citizens were attacked in India. In the framework of consular protection services, the Embassy is providing support to them. For reasons of privacy and data protection, the Embassy cannot communicate any further information in this regard," the statement said.

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Quentin Jeremy Clerc, 24, who came to India on September 30 with his girlfriend Marie Droz, also 24, said that they were strolling near the railway station at the Fatehpur Sikri after a day in Agra when the group started following them and later attacked. 

The couple said as they lay on the ground bloodied and bruised, bystanders began taking videos of them on their mobile phones, according to the report. 

Clerc has been left with a fractured skull and a clot in his brain. Doctors said a blow that struck one of his ears has caused hearing impairment. 

Droz has a broken arm and multiple bruises.

"They hurled stones at both of us.I was hit on the back, shoulder and hand. I still cannot understand why they attacked us. They didn't take any of our valuables," Droz told a newspaper.

Local policemen hinted that the "crowd was instigated" after they found the couple kissing. Droz said they were not kissing and added that they were just "rumours".

(With PTI inputs)

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