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Tourism minister Alphons visits Swiss couple at hospital

Tourism minister Alphons visits Swiss couple at hospital”

The couple, Quentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and Marie Droz (24), from Lausanne in Switzerland, who came to India on September 30, was chased and attacked on Sunday with stones and sticks by a group of four youths in Fatehpur Sikri.

K J Alphons, Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism, on Saturday met the Swiss tourist couple who were assaulted by some youths at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra.

He also questioned why U.S. and Europe were not deemed unsafe for travellers despite rampant shooting incidents and terror attacks.

External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, asked the Uttar Pradesh Police for a detailed report of the incident.

Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday arrested five accused, including three minors, in connection with the case. The Hindu quoted a senior official saying, "The culprits have told us that they wanted to rob valuable stuff like a camera from the Swiss couple".

On Friday, commenting on the incident, Alphons had said that India was a safe destination for tourists where very few incidents of crime against visitors took place. "In the framework of consular protection services, the Embassy is providing support to them". In the aftermath of the attack on a Swiss couple in Fatehpur Sikri by some youths, in which the former received serious injuries, the UP government has ordered the rounding up of all "anti-social elements" around monument complexes here. While Quentin was suffered a fractured skull, Marie got many of her bones fractured.

He said a "fast and speedy response in identifying and ensuring speedy action including conviction of the guilty would be reassuring" and would send a "good message of our efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents".



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