The Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of Gautam Budh Nagar has said that it condemns the recent assault on Nigerians but made it clear that they cannot allow anyone to run a narcotics racket in the area.
“Nigerians in the guise of students come here and indulge in narcotics smuggling. Police should probe this angle in detail and arrest those in the wrong. We respect the Nigerians as our culture talks about ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (The guest is equivalent to God) but we cannot allow anyone to run a racket and ruin our children’s lives,” RWA secretary general Sher Singh said.
Demanding a thorough investigation into the entire incident, Singh said that the police should take the help of CCTV footage to identify the culprits.
“We also condemn the assault on Nigerians. Our demand is that police should go through the CCTV footage and identify the culprits who attacked the African students. The FIRs against the civic society members is unjust, they should be withdrawn,” he added.
The RWA has written to the district authority asking for withdrawal of cases registered against NGOs and social group representatives after the attacks.
Four Nigerian students were allegedly attacked recently by a group of Greater Noida residents who took out a candle-light march after a 17-year-old boy Manish died last week in the NSG Black Cats Enclave due to suspected drug overdose. Five persons have been arrested in this connection.
(With PTI inputs)