A 23-year-old Nigerian student has been allegedly assaulted with an iron rod in Hyderabad, India, over a parking space dispute.
The victim, identified as Bamilola Kazim, was attacked by a resident in Hyderabad’s Banjara Hills area on Wednesday, one Mohammed Ghafoor, when an argument broke out between the two. Kazim, a third year student at Nizam College, suffered a deep cut and received eight stitches.
The fight broke out when Kazim parked his vehicle in Ghafoor’s parking space and the latter asked him to remove it from there. Ghazeem refused to heed and a scuffle broke out. Ghafoor took a rod and hit him on his head.
Nigerian Students Association in Hyderabad, told the BBC the incident was a “small issue” and “He [Mr Gafoor] has apologised and they have also forgiven him. It happens.”
Chairman of the African Students Association in Telangana, told the Hindu:
“The situation in India is no longer safe for us. Even the police are not willing to help us when we approach them.”
Anjani Kumar of Hyderabad Police has however said the accused has been arrested, adding that it is a case of car parking space dispute, not a racial crime.
This is the second incident of assault against nationals of African nations in a week. Last Friday, a 29-year-old Congolese, MK Olivier was beaten to death allegedly by three drunken men in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area following a dispute over hiring an auto rickshaw.
This saw many African envoys threatening to boycott the Africa Day celebrations in New Delhi. The Indian community staying in Africa, particularly in Congo, have been told to be careful.
Several protesters had taken to the streets in Congo’s capital Kinshasa demanding appropriate action from the Indian government into the murder case of Olivier, who before his untimely demise was a French teacher at a private institute in Delhi.
The Delhi Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of the Congolese man, while they are on the lookout for a third one.