Alphons meets assaulted Swiss tourists

Alphons meets assaulted Swiss tourists

K J Alphons, Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism, on Saturday met the Swiss tourist couple who were assaulted by some youths at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra.

Alphons met Quentin Jeremy Clerc and Marie Droz, both from Lausanne in Switzerland, at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.

Jeremy and Marie were chased and attacked by some youths who were armed with stones and sticks. The incident took place near the Fatehpur Sikri railway station.

The assailant youths first taunted the young tourists and then forced the two to pose for selfies with them. They later turned violent and assaulted the couple.

Jeremy, who suffered injuries in his head and one of his ears, is undergoing treatment. Marie was discharged from the hospital after treatment for the fracture in her arm.

Alphons also had a discussion with the management and doctors regarding Jeremy's treatment.

"Both the patients are recovering fast and are very happy about the treatment that they are getting at the hospital," the tourism minister later said in an official press release.

Alphons had written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath last Thursday, conveying that such incidents may be detrimental to the efforts to draw more tourists from around the world to India.

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