African students want police to broker peace

After a road mishap on Hesaraghatta Main Road on Sunday night spiralled into a mob violence, the members of All African Students’ Union have urged the police to organise a peace meeting between them and the local people.

Bosco Kaweesi, Legal Advisor, All African Students’ Union, Bengaluru, said, “We request the senior police officers and authorities concerned to convene a meeting of locals, principals of colleges in Soladevanahalli and the African students. We should work to bring about peace among the locals and the Africans pursuing their education here.”

“The Africans are living under constant fear. It is unfair to see the innocent suffer for no crime of theirs. If anyone is found guilty, let the law punish them. Also, there were similar incidents witnessed in Byrathi and other areas. But the senior police officers intervened and held a peace meeting with locals and African students. Things in that area are better now,” added Kaweesi.

A few African students, who are residing in the areas off Hesaraghatta Main Road, told Deccan Herald, “The moment we leave our house, we are in fear of what might happen to us. We were warned by our local friends and college authorities to go out in groups and not to venture out alone. Also, there are only few cross roads which we use, and if we try to walk on the main road, the locals start abusing and pass lewd comments on us. More than anything else, we are worried about the safety of the women.” The students alleged the cops at the spot during the violence which broke out on Sunday, were mute spectators.

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