The couple was chased by a group of men and attacked with sticks and stones in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra last week. Witnesses took videos of the couple on their mobile phones as they lay on the ground. Five people, including three underage boys, have been arrested, say the police.
Rahul Srivastav, PRO to the DGP, who is quite active on social media, and often shares inspiring stories and highlights commendable work by the police forces, had updated Tweeple about the arrests of the accused and "swift action by @agrapolice in the unfortunate incident of attack on #Swiss nationals".
His tweet today read, "Attn: Convey yr get well soon wishes 2 #Swiss nationals Quentin Jeremy clerk & Marie Droz with #GWSMarieAndJeremy".
While many users extended their wishes for the injured couple, there were others who questioned about measures taken by the UP police to ensure safety of the tourists and why it's not their job to send get well soon messages when they should actually be maintaining peace in the state. He was also asked if the UP police was aware that "harassment at these sites is commonplace".
Quentin Jeremy Clerc suffered a fractured skull and his friend Marie Droxz had a broken arm after they were attacked with sticks and stones by a group that had chased them from a railway station in Fatehpur Sikri, the popular tourist destination right next to the Taj Mahal town of Agra. Mr Clerc was hit repeatedly with a stick until he fell to the ground. Ms Droxz, who ran to save him, was also attacked.
The duo had arrived in Agra on September 30 from Lausanne in Switzerland. On Sunday, the group had followed them for an hour, shouted comments, blocked their way and forcibly took selfies with Ms Droxz.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Tourism Minister KJ Alphons had written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the assault that has shamed the state. Mr Alphons yesterday visited the couple at Delhi's Apollo Hospital and said they were "fast recovering".
The incident also drew criticism from the opposition which demanded action beyond the formation of teams. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, referring to the anti-Romeo squads or police teams set up by the government to check harassment, questioned: "What happened to anti-Romeo squads? A couple visiting Fatehpur Sikri were beaten when they tried to click a selfie."
Congress leader Milind Deora tweeted: "Such a shameful story on the breakdown of law & order in India's largest state. Is @myogiadityanath listening?"