Four Africans were allegedly attacked by a mob at Byrathi in Bengaluru after locals were reportedly "annoyed" with them for creating "nuisance" in the area.
The attack took place when we were returning home, John, an African national said, adding, he has received multiple injuries.
"The mob attacked us around 12.30 am and it continued till 3 am. The incident took place when I and three others were returning home. I was chased and beaten up... have sustained multiple injuries," he said.
Police, who were initially tight-lipped about the incident, maintained it was a verbal duel which resulted in "incidents of pushing and jostling".
The Africans do not want to file a case, he added. However, police would take suo motu cognisance of the reported multiple injuries sustained by John and find out whether he suffered those injuries during the attack, Mr Kumar said.