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Impressed by action taken by Karnataka govt - Tanzanian envoy

Tanzanian High Commissioner to India John W.H. Kijazi on Friday said he was impressed by the concrete action taken by the Karnataka Government for punishing the perpetrators.

Kijazi visited here to take stock of the situation emerged after the attack on a Tanzanian girl student here on the night of January 31. He said he was explained the entire situation that led to incident, adding that he now has a much clear picture of what had happened. Kijazi stated that the Karnataka Government had assured him on the security measures taken for the safety of African students here.

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parmeshwara, however, said the Tanzanian envoy and GEA representatives were convinced by the action taken by the Government. Parmeshwara said the entire incident was explained to Kijazi, and we assured him that such incidents would never happen in the future. He further said the Government would increase the frequency of the meeting with foreign students to assure their safety.

The Karnataka Government on Friday suspended three police personnel, including one inspector, for dereliction of duty in connection with the assault on the Tanzanian student. Earlier, the Bengaluru Police arrested four persons in connection with the incident. Yesterday, five people were arrested. A central team from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will meet African students. The victim, a BBM student and three of her friends were allegedly attacked by an angry mob after a 35-year-old female pedestrian was knocked down by a car belonging to Sudan on January 31.

The mob beat up the students and set their cars on fire. The incident came to light on Tuesday when the victim approached the All African Students Union following which a complaint was made to the Tanzanian Embassy. The National Women Commission Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam has registered a suo moto case and served a notice on the Karnataka Government. AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi also sought a detail report about the incident from the Chief Minister.

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