Crime & Safety

5 arrested for attack on Swiss couple in UP

DELHI/ LUCKNOW: The police has arrested all the 5 accused in the attack on a Swiss couple at Fatehpur Sikri, said the home secretary of Uttar Pradesh.

At least three of the apprehended are minors, said the police, reports India Today.

The arrests came after Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted seeking a report from the UP government. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also tweeted seeking strict punishment for the miscreants who attacked the tourists.

Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) K J Alphons has shot off a strongly-worded missive to Adityanath after two Swiss nationals were allegedly attacked and beaten mercilessly by a group of youths in Fatehpur Sikri.

“I am deeply concerned that two Switzerland citizens were attacked and injured at Fatehpur Sikri yesterday. You would kindly appreciate that such incidents negatively impact our image and are detrimental to our efforts in promoting India as a tourism destination,” Alphons said in the letter on October 26.

Ensuring the safety of all tourists is our moral responsibility. Strictest action will be taken in all incidents involving misbehaviour with tourists, a tweet from the official account of CM’s office of government of Uttar Pradesh read.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she had sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on learning about this incident.

The Swiss couple, 24-year-old Quentin Jeremy Clerc and Marie Droze, were taking a stroll near the railway station at Fatehpur Sikri when a group of boys started chasing them and harassing them.

They insisted they wanted to take pictures with Marie. When the couple refused, they rained stones and sticks on Jeremy. Marie too wasn’t spared in the brutal attack.

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