Racism: Nigerian Student Hit With Iron Rod In South India Attack

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A 23-year-old Nigerian student, Damilola Kazeem, has been hit with an iron rod in a suspected racist attack in Hydeeabad, south India just days  after Africans  protested increasing cases of racism targeting blacks in the Asian  country.

Kazeem  was allegedly hit by a man described as his neighbour following  an argument over the use of a parking space in the area.

The suspect was subsequently detained .

The Indian  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked  local authorities to probe the  matter which came  on the heels of African diplomats cancelling African Day celebrations.

The ministry’s spokesperson tweeted: “Reports of a Nigerian student injured in Hyderabad: EAM [External Affairs Ministry] @SushmaSwaraj has urgently sought report from state govt, is monitoring the case.”

Emmanuel Omurunga, chairman of the African Students Association in the state of Telangana, said: “The situation in India is no longer safe for us. Even the police are not willing to help us when we approach them.”

In a similar attack recently, a Congolese national, Masonda Ketada Oliver, was beaten to death by a local mob after an argument. Three men chased the man hurling stones.

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