The Delhi government sought the intervention of the external affairs ministry in providing "protection" to three Ugandan women after they alleged they were held hostages by drug mafias in the Malviya Nagar area of South Delhi.
A government official said that the women have approached the Delhi government and have stated that their passports and other important documents have been taken away by the "drug mafia".
They requested the government to help in the matter and arrange for their safe return to Uganda, top officials told PTI.
"They were taken to the deputy commissioner's (South) office and their statements were registered under section 164 CrPC. We have already approached the MEA seeking protection to them. We also requested the ministry to arrange for their return to Uganda," they said.
The women said they live in Khirki Extension area of Malviya Nagar where Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti had allegedly led a group of AAP supporters in a midnight raid against some African women accusing them of involvement in a prostitution racket.
The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party as well as various women organisations had come down hard on Bharti. However, the AAP had maintained he was innocent and wanted the police to carry out a raid against an alleged drug and prostitution ring.
Image: Ugandan women protest against the Delhi government following the raid by Law Minister Somnath Bharti in Khirki extension