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Tanzanian woman not stripped; Attack not racial, says Karnataka Home Minister

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:34 IST

The Karnataka Government today denied that the mob attack on the Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru was a racial incident.

State Home Minister G Parameshwara held a detailed press conference apprising the press about the steps being taken by the state government to ensure justice in the case.

He said that five people have been arrested in relation to the case and more people would be arrested soon. However, he made it clear that it was only a case of assault not of molestation. The victim had claimed that she was stripped by the mob. While condemning the attack he added that had the Sudanese man not killed someone in the accident maybe this incident wouldn't have happened.

He also gave the Police a clean chit, saying they were prompt in taking action. It was reported that the assault on the Tanzanian girl and other African students had happened in the presence of Police.

Earlier in the day Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted that the party high command had taken serious note of the incident and sought a report on it.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had yesterday condemned the attack on the Tanzanian student, and asked for stringent punishment for the guilty.

A 21-year-old Tanzanian student was beaten and then stripped by a group of locals in Bengaluru on Saturday night after a Sudanese national ran his car over a 35-year-old woman resulting in on the spot death of the woman.

The Tanzanian student was travelling in another car, a Wagon-R, along with four others.

First published: 4 February 2016, 1:25 IST