A German national was allegedly beaten by a railway contractor at the Robertsganj railway station in the district, police said on Sunday. The incident comes days after a Swiss couple were attacked near the railway station at Agra’s Fatehpur Sikri.
Holger Ereek was allegedly beaten by railway contractor Aman Kumar on Saturday after which the station master informed the police. Circle officer Vivekanand Tiwari said that the accused has been arrested.
However, the railway contractor alleged that when he greeted Ereek by saying “welcome to India”, he hit him. The victim refused to talk to the media. But the accused, Aman Kumar, contradicted him, saying the German hit him first when he greeted him. “I am innocent… the German national punched me when I said ‘welcome to India’ to him. He even spit on me,” he alleged.
“This German national has some problems… anger management issues, depression or some aberration,” Anand Kumar, a senior police officer told a media briefing in state capital Lucknow. “He was aggressive with a railway supervisor who intervened too… and later, the police post in-charge,” the Additional Director General of Police said.
On October 22, the Swiss couple from Lausanne in Switzerland, Quentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz (24), was chased and attacked with stones and sticks by a group of five youths in Fatehpur Sikri, triggering widespread outrage.
The couple was quoted as saying in a media report that they were strolling near the station at Fatehpur Sikri after a day in Agra when a group of youths started following them and later attacked.
The couple said as they lay on the ground bloodied and bruised, bystanders began taking videos of them on their mobile phones, the report said. All the accused were arrested and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had sought a report from the UP government on the attack.
Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J Alphons had written to State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying the incident could have a negative impact on the image of the country.
UP Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh had issued a list of guidelines, including deployment of policemen in plain clothes, more patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras, to prevent such incidents.
The couple were also offered a free stay in 5-star hotel in the national capital as a “token of concern” by Mr. Alphons.