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Bengaluru: RWA instructs house owners not to rent their properties to Africans if they can't be handled

After a mob of African nationals reportedly attacked Bengaluru Police on Monday, the issue of not renting homes to immigrants has once again come to light. The RWA says that it has instructed the owners also to consult the local station before renting homes to immigrants and post this incident, the owners will once again be asked to strictly follow the guidelines.

Bengaluru RWA instructs house owners not to rent their properties to Africans if they can't be handled-ycb
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 3, 2021, 6:32 PM IST
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With the issue of drug peddling and an attack on police involving African nationals surfaced from Bengaluru North, the Resident Welfare Associations in other parts are once again contemplating not to rent their houses to immigrants.

North East Residents' Welfare Association (NERWA) that comprises a large chunk on east parts of Bengaluru has contended that the issue of African nationals' involvement in illegal activities is not new and claimed that even police know about it.

Former president and current member of NERWA said, "We had been following this rule of informing the police about the tenants, especially if they are foreign immigrants. Their documents will be given to the police and after consultation, houses will be given on rent."

He also stated that at one point in time places like Banaswadi, HBR Layout and Kammanahalli was a hangout spot of these immigrants and now after lockdown, many of them have moved to Kothanur, Hennur and surroundings.

"We have already told the house owners (members) that if they can't handle such immigrants and are not sure of disciplining them, they should not give house on rent to such people," said Rajashekhar.

Echoing similar sentiments, Wilson Garden Resident Welfare Association vice president MZ Ali said that Bengalureans are very tolerant and will not encourage such illegal activity in their surroundings.

"We will give homes to immigrants only if the police give clearance to them. Going by recent reports of many African nationals arrested for overstaying, drug peddling and for other illegal activities and now with assault on police, we will have a second thought if any immigrants approach for a house on rental basis."

Meanwhile, officials from African Embassy in Delhi arived in Bengaluru to look into the death of African national and the unruly mob's attack on police yesterday. 

On August 2, about 8 Afrian nationals were detained after they attacked police accusing them of killing a fellow African from Congo in custody. The police explained to protesters that the arrested person was a drug peddler and died due to heart attack at hospital. Despite warning by police to vacate the station premises, about dozen African nationals created ruckus and reportedly attacked a policeman which prompted the police to lathicharge.

Some of them suffered minor injuries and were detained at CAR headquarters. 

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