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Arrested Nigerians end hunger strike

Three Nigerians, who were amongst the 52 arrested by police for blocking a highway in Goa and creating ruckus last week over a murder, have ended their three-day long fast in jail.

Anane Innocent, Olcoro Ndidi and Sunday Onye ended their fast last night at the Aguada Central Jail near Panaji after the Goa Human Rights Commission members met them as per their demands and recorded their statements, prison sources said.

A majority of those arrested after the unruly protest started a hunger strike on Thursday demanding African food be served to them in place of Goan dishes, they said.

The plea by Nigerians was rejected by jail officials.

But three of them continued the fast demanding that human rights panel members should meet them and record their statements, a senior jail official said.

Inspector General (Prisons) Mihir Vardhan confirmed the hunger strike by Nigerians but refused to give details.

Protesting against the murder of a Nigerian in Mapusa, a group of 200 nationals from the African country had blocked a major highway in Goa and clashed with the police and locals.

Subsequently, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ordered the police and officials to identify and deport Nigerians who are staying illegally in the tourist state.

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