Delhi Police chief assures African delegation of safety

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma on Monday met a delegation of Africans here and assured them of prompt action for their safety, in the wake of a series of attacks on Africans in the city.

The delegation was assured that Delhi Police has taken steps for the safety of Africans in the city and was briefed about the meetings of police all over Delhi with members of the African community, especially after the murder of a Congolese national on May 20 this year.

“The delegation was apprised that Delhi Police have organised several meetings where people from African and Indian communities were present together so that the level of understanding between them can be increased. They were also advised not to take law into their hands,” a police statement said.

“While interacting with the Africans, they have been requested to contact local police whenever they feel uncomfortable or see any act of crime getting perpetrated on them or if they have any apprehension,” the statement added.

The meeting between Verma and the African delegation was held at Delhi Police headquarters on Monday afternoon. The Special Police Commissioners (Law and Order), Joint Police Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners of Police were present.

Joint Commissioner of Police (south-eastern range) R.P. Upadhyay has been appointed as nodal officer.

“The representatives of Africans were requested to call 100 or 8750871111, a dedicated Helpline for foreigners, in emergency,” the statement said.

The delegation was also apprised about intensified police patrolling in areas where the African community is present.

The spate of attacks on Africans has caused outrage among the community, as several thousands of Africans study in India. The African envoys last week threatened to boycott the Africa Day event over the murder of Congolese national M.K. Olivier.

On May 28, four separate cases of alleged assault on Africans were reported in the national capital.



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