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Police yet to identify African students’ attackers

Delhi police hasn’t scanned CCTV footage or recorded victims’ statements.

Vatsala Shrangi  New Delhi | 4th Oct 2014

Delhi police is yet to identify and arrest any of the attackers involved in the beating up of three African students, who allegedly molested a girl. Sources said that the Delhi police could have had them in custody. But thanks to a shoddy probe the attackers were let off. The police neither scanned the CCTV footage nor recorded the African students' statements. The Embassies of Gabon and Burkina Faso, West African countries where the students came from, have already written to the Ministry of External Affairs demanding a probe. The incident took place at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station a week ago.

An investigating officer from the railway unit of the Delhi police said that the incident took place when some youths were making fun of Mapaga (22), Yohan (22) , both from Gabon, and Guira (20) from Burkina Faso and taking their photographs in their camera phones. When they objected, the rowdy crowd started alleging that they were drunk and passing lewd remarks at a woman commuting on the same train.

The students were forced out of the train at Rajiv Chowk after which a scuffle took place on the platform. The police took all six persons engaged in the fight to a Delhi police booth on the station premises. But police personnel could not understand the African students' language. In the meantime other people also joined the three accused and started beating the students, he added. Investigators said that the CCTV footage of the incident, and photos of the attackers taken from the same, will be put up at police booths across the city. The pictures will also be given to the CISF personnel, responsible for security at the Metro stations.

The police has only registered a case of rioting, causing hurt and damage to public property against unidentified people. Investigators are currently scanning the CCTV footage from Rajiv Chowk Metro station to get photos of the attackers. The photos will be put up at police booths of all the metro stations. Also, these pictures will be circulated to the security personnel of the CISF, which man the security at metro stations. "We are investigating the matter at present. We have asked for these posters to be put up at police booths of all the metro stations," the officer added. However, the investigators are also facing the problem of identifying the assailants since all the victims were in an inebriated state when the incident occurred, said a joint commissioner rank officer. He added that it is not necessary that arrests be made in this case.

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