New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): Terming the attack on the Tanzanian student a very “serious issue”, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said action should be taken against the erring police officials if they delayed in registering the FIR or taking action in this case.
“It’s a very serious issue. Even as it’s not easy to control a mob, the culprits should be brought to the book. If police have delayed in registering the FIR or taking action in this connection, action should also be taken against them,” said Singh replying to media queries on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi seeking a report from the Karnataka Government in this regard.
However, when his reaction was sought over the Tanzanian ambassador terming the attack as “racial”, while Karnataka Home Minister Dr. G. Parameswara refuting his allegations, he said it’s very difficult to control a mob but if the police failed to act then action should be taken against them.
The Karnataka Government has ordered an inquiry by Central Crime Branch into alleged assault on the Tanzanian girl after a road mishap in Bengaluru on the night of January 31.
The Home Minister said in a press meet in Bengaluru on Thursday that five people were arrested in connection with the case.
However, denying that the girl was stripped and paraded naked, the Minister said that neither she was stripped nor was paraded naked, and the “allegations are baseless”. He said that all protections were given to foreign students studying in the state.
The home minister said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also spoken to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in this regard and assured an inquiry into the incident.
The victim, a BBM student and her three friends were allegedly attacked by an angry mob after a 35-year-old female pedestrian was knocked down by another car belonging to a Sudanese student on January 31.
The mob beat up the students and set their car on fire. The incident came to light on Tuesday when the victim approached the All African Students Union, following which a complaint was raised to the Tanzanian Embassy.
Police later called the victim to record her statement based on media reports and have picked up few suspects.
National Women Commission Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam has registered a case suo moto, and served a notice on the Karnataka Government. (ANI)