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Police acts swiftly in Swiss couple case; three minors arrested so far

Police acts swiftly in Swiss couple case; three minors arrested so far

Amidst furore over the attack on the Swiss couple, the police of Uttar Pradesh have begun taking action in the case. In this case, three underage boys were among five arrested so far. It need be mentioned that Swiss couple had been attacked Fatehpur Sikri near Agra on Sunday and were left behind with severe wounds.

The oldest accused is 20, say the police, who took action in the case even without a complaint by the couple following widespread outrage over the attack.

Quentin Jeremy Clerc, 24, suffered a fractured skull and may have partial hearing loss, and his girlfriend Marie Droxz had a broken arm after they were attacked with sticks and stones by a group that had chased them from a railway station in Fatehpur Sikri, the popular tourist destination right next to the Taj Mahal town of Agra.

As the couple lay wounded on the road after the attack, witnesses took videos on their mobile phones.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Tourism Minister KJ Alphons wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was left confronting serious questions about safety in his state while on a visit to the Taj Mahal, where he also clicked photos with foreign tourists.

Clerc and Marie Droxz had arrived in Agra on September 30 from Lausanne in Switzerland.

Mr Clerc was hit repeatedly with a stick until he fell to the ground. Ms Droxz, who ran to save him, was also attacked.

Foreign ministry officials including Indian Ambassador designate to Switzerland CB George visited the couple in hospital and said they were recovering.

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