Africans in State safe: Top cop

Africans in State safe: Top cop
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Director General of Police Anurag Sharma on Tuesday said Africans living in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the State “can be assured about their safety,” adding there was “no racism here.” “There is no racism here. All are equal. Still, we will take further care to ensure their safety in the wake of the attacks reported in the recent times and the concerns raised over their safety,” Sharma said at a m

Hyderabad: Director General of Police Anurag Sharma on Tuesday said Africans living in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the State “can be assured about their safety,” adding there was “no racism here.” “There is no racism here. All are equal. Still, we will take further care to ensure their safety in the wake of the attacks reported in the recent times and the concerns raised over their safety,” Sharma said at a media interaction here in the wake of President Pranab Mukherjee commenting on the issue of safety of Africans in India.

The police chief asserted that the attack on 23-year-old Nigerian student Kazeem Dami in Hyderabad last week was a clear case of dispute over car parking and had nothing to do with racism as alleged by the student. “The accused in that case was arrested for assaulting the student (Nigerian),” the DGP said.

“We have many foreign students studying or working here. We are taking care of their safety. We do not have different laws for different people. All will be governed and dealt with under the same law of the land,” Sharma elaborated. Asked if the police faced problems from the Africans here, the DGP said, “We do not categorise. If problems are faced from some people, that will not be attributed to the community.”

Kazeem had parked his Honda Accord car in front of the house of a neighbour. This resulted in Mohammed Gafoor, the neighbour, and some other locals attacking Dami. The student suffered head injuries that required seven stitches. Gafoor was arrested the same day. Kazeem alleged that “some 15 Indians attacked me.”

Reacting to a query on Maoist activities in the State, the Telangana police chief said, “Maoist activities have come down to a large extent in the State. However, the ultras come in from neighbouring States to Telangana and we are alert and search parties are patrolling the areas in Khammam, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts bordering the neighbouring States.”

“Anything that is democratic is welcome. But, there are persons who do not believe in democracy and democratic ways, we cannot tolerate that,” he warned. Reacting to another query, the DGP said, “We do not support anybody (in police force) who is corrupt and who misbehaves. Wherever such cases have come to our notice we have taken stringent action.

We do not tolerate any corruption.” A delegation led by Sharma had recently visited the UK and the US to study the best practises being adopted by the police there. “We conducted a study tour and focus was on technology usage by police,” the DGP said.

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