A German tourist was beaten up by a railway contractor in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra allegedly for ignoring greetings, media reports said on Sunday, in the second such attack within a fortnight in the state.
The police has arrested the accused, identified as Aman Yadav, and investigation in the case is underway.
Recently a Swiss couple was also attacked in Agra district’s Fatehpur Sikri on October 22. Quentin Jeremy Clerc and girlfriend Marie Droz were assaulted by four youths with sticks and stones. Clerc suffered a skull fracture and Droz received treatment for multiple injuries.
Meanwhile, the accused claimed innocence and alleged that he was punched by the German. “I am innocent, the German national punched me when I said ‘welcome to India’ to him. He even spat on me,” ANI quoted him as saying.
According to Robertsganj Police, the accused enquired Berlin resident Holger Eric about his visit but he refused to reply as he smelled alcohol on Yadav’s breath. This led Yadav to allegedly attack Eric.
In the Fatehpur Sikri attack case, all the accused have been arrested after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government.