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Bengaluru: Police lathicharge unruly African nationals mob, 8 detained for attacking cops

Nearly 8 African nationals were detained after they sat on dharna before JC Nagar police station after one of the Nigerian accused in a drugs case died in police custody. Despite police warning to disperse, the African nationals misbehaved with police and also tried to attack a constable. The police lathicharged and took 8 of them into custody.

Bengaluru Police lathicharge unruly African nationals mob, 8 detained for attacking cops-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 2, 2021, 6:33 PM IST

The Bengaluru police lathicharged African nationals and took eight of them into custody after they allegedly tried to attack police.

It is said that the Democratic Republic of Congo national, Joel Shindhani Malu (27),  a drug peddler, died in police custody. The police say he was arrested and MDMA drug was seized from him yesterday night and today early morning he complained of chest pain following which he was admitted to hospital. After an hour of treatment, he reportedly died due to cardiac arrest.

As the news reached African associations in Bengaluru, dozens of African nationals gathered before the station and sat on dharna accusing police torture which the cops refuted and asked the protesting African nationals to leave.


Some protesters allegedly misbehaved with women police and also tried to attack a constable.

Anticipating law and order problems, more teams were rushed and the mob was lathicharged, in which few were injured and were taken into custody.

Dharmendra Kumar Meena, DCP, Bengaluru North arrived at the spot and told the press that said that all the documents will be verified.

To a question on an allegation of police demanding bribes from African nationals and allegedly killed for not paying, the DCP said "This is false, we did not know his details initially. The accused was arrested yesterday and MDMA drug was found in his possession at the time of the arrest. He did not show any documents and was taken to the police station for inquiry. The accused developed chest pain and was shifted to hospital and he died to due cardiac arrest, He did not die due to police torture. Police just cannot do anything as NHRC guidelines are there."

He further added that as some of them attacked police, the team had to lathicharge to disperse the mob. Nearly 8 to 10 have been taken into custody and have been detained at CAR headquarters.

The police also say that the accused who died had both his visa and passport expired many years ago.

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