In the Neb Sarai neighbourhood of South Delhi, a large mob of 100 African people attacked a police squad, battled with them, and released some Nigerians who had been detained for overstaying.
On Saturday, January 7, 2023, when the police squad was bringing the allegedly overstaying Nigerians to the police station, a mob formed and blocked their path.
Three Nigerian nationals who had been held by the anti-drugs force were eventually released.
Local media said that a Narcotics Cell team went to Raju Park in Neb Sarai at 2:30 pm to gather up Nigerian residents whose visas had expired as part of deportation proceedings for foreign individuals who had overstayed their visas.
Over 100 people of African descent gathered and blocked their path in the meantime.
Two of the three detained managed to successfully escape during the chaos, but the police managed to catch one of them identified as 22-year-old Philip.
Videos shot by bystanders showed the police forming a human barricade along with a thick rope while people from the mob shouted animatedly at them. A few physical altercations were also caught on camera.
Later, a joint team from the Neb Sarai Police Station and the Narcotics Squad visited Raju Park again at 6:30 pm, and detained four Nigerians, including one woman.