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Fatehpur Sikri Swiss couple attack: One arrested, efforts on to nab others

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 October 2017, 16:48 IST

In the aftermath of the Fatehpur Sikri Swiss couple attack, the Uttar Pradesh Police on 26 October assured that an accused has been arrested from Rajasthan and efforts are on to nab others.

"We have arrested one person and efforts are on to nab others. The accused has been arrested from Rajasthan," ADG Crime C. Prakash told the media.

Earlier in the day, an FIR was registered against four unknown people.

Meanwhile, the Union Tourism Minister, K.J. Alphons, on Thursday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressing his concern over the incident, in which the Swiss couple was allegedly harassed in Agra

"I am deeply concerned that two Switzerland citizens were attacked and injured at Fathehpur Sikri yesterday. You would kindly appreciate that such incidents negatively impact our image and are detrimental to our efforts in promoting India as a tourism destination. A fast and speedy response in identifying and ensuring a speedy action including conviction of the guilty would be reassuring, as also a good message of our efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents," the letter read.

The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi said, "In the framework of consular protection services, the Embassy is providing support to them. For reasons of privacy and data protection, the Embassy cannot communicate any further information in this regard."

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officials today met the couple at the Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

EAM Sushma Swaraj also sought for a report from the Uttar Pradesh Government over the alleged harassment.

Swaraj added that she would also reach the hospital the couple is admitted in.

In a tweet, she said, "I have just seen this. I have asked for a report from the State Government. My officers will reach them in the hospital."

In a report surfaced in a newspaper, a couple from Lausanne in Switzerland was allegedly brutally thrashed by a group of youth in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.

The duo was reportedly seriously injured in the attack and is currently admitted in a hospital in Delhi.

The Swiss pair has alleged that they were followed by a group of people while ambling near the railway station.

Later, the group started passing comments at them and forced the couple to stop and take selfies. The group's harassment soon turned violent and they suffered critical injuries.


First published: 26 October 2017, 16:48 IST