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Swiss Couple Stalked, Brutally Thrashed In UP:- A group of youths harassed and brutally attacked a Swiss couple in Fatehpur Sikhri, Uttar Pradesh, leaving the two with multiple injuries.
The victims were identified as Quentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz also 24. Both of them hail from Lausanne in Switzerland. As per the reports, the duo was chased and attacked with stones and sticks by the group.
Clerc said after spending the day in Agra they were walking near the railway station at Fatehpur Sikri, and that is when the youths started stalking them. Clerc is recuperating at the Apollo hospital, in Delhi.
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“They initially passed comments, which we didn’t understand, and then forced us to stop so they could take selfies with Marie,” Clerc told a leading news channel. The group soon started attacking the couple. Clerc suffered a fractured skull and a clot in his brain, said the doctors. Following the attack, he is even unable to hear from one of his ears. On the other hand, Droz suffered a broken arm and multiple bruises.
And what was shocking is that instead of helping the couple who lay bloodied and bruised on the ground, people started recording videos of them on their mobile phones.
“The boys wouldn’t stop walking along despite our protests. All the while they kept taking pictures and trying to get close to Marie. From whatever little we could understand, they were asking our names and the place where we had put up in Agra. They were harassing us. They asked us to accompany them to some place, which we refused. A little after stones and sticks began to rain on me. When Marie intervened, she, too, wasn’t spared,” a leading news channel quoted Clerc as saying.
Droz said, “They hurled stones at both of us. I was hit on the back, shoulder and hand. I still cannot understand why they attacked us. They didn't take any of our valuables.” She initially thought she would be spared by the boys. Moreover, Droz reacting to a cop’s alleged remarks that the group was instigated as the couple was kissing in public. She, however, refuted all the allegations and said that these were only “rumors”.
The report quoted Satyam Singh, the Circle Inspector at Achnera (Agra district) as saying that the couple “was not interested” in lodging a complaint with the police.
Meanwhile, a report from the Uttar Pradesh government has been sought by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on the matter.
My officers will reach them in the hospital. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 26, 2017