'Kept Crying For Help,' Says African In Video Of Mob Attack In Mall

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'Kept Crying For Help,' Says African In Video Of Mob Attack In Mall

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In a video, an African man is seen kicked, punched and beaten with dustbins at a mall in UP's Noida.

New Delhi:  In a disturbing video that has emerged amid a rash of racist attacks on Africans in Greater Noida near Delhi, a man is kicked, punched and beaten with steel dustbins by a large group at a mall.

The footage, apparently filmed on a mobile phone at the Ansal Plaza in Greater Noida, has been posted on Facebook by the Association of African Students in India.

"We kept crying for help, but no one came, not even the security marshals. I was running but they followed me and attacked me," Enduranca Amalawa, 21, told NDTV. His brother Precious Amalawa, not seen in the video, locked himself inside a trial room but the attackers broke down the door and hit him with sharp objects. A third man, their friend named Chkwoma Igboamalo, was chased and beaten on the road.

In the footage, no one tries to help the man or stop the attack.

Enduranca Amalawa, an economics student at a local university, is seen in the footage curled up on the floor, trying to block repeated blows from the mob, which thrashes him with a table, stools, bins, covers and whatever the attackers can grab.

"They didn't know me, why did they attack me? I don't understand why wealthy people, dressed well, driving big cars would want to kill us," said Enduranca, breaking down.

After at least three reported incidents targeting African nationals, senior police officer Dharmendra Kumar told NDTV that security has been provided at hostels and colleges. Many African students study in universities in Greater Noida, a township right next door to the capital.

On Monday, three Nigerian students were attacked by a mob of around 1,000. A student pleaded with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet asking her to "act fast", saying that living in Noida was becoming a "life-threatening issue".
 
Ms Swaraj spoke with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who, she said, has promised a "fair and impartial" investigation.
  
The Nigerians were left bleeding on the road after an attack by a group that was marching in protest against the death of a Class 12 student, Manish Khari, who is believed to have died of a drug overdose. The attackers alleged that Nigerians in the area are a bad influence because of drugs.

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