The attack took place when we were returning home, John, an African national said, adding, he has received multiple injuries.

"The mob attacked us around 12.30 am and it continued till 3 am. The incident took place when I and three others were returning home. I was chased and beaten up .... have sustained multiple injuries," he added.

John explained they did not know why they were assaulted, even as the police denied any assault in the incident which took place on the intervening night of March 9 and 10 at Byrathi near Kothanur in north-east Bengaluru.

Police, who were initially tight-lipped about the incident, maintained it was a verbal duel which resulted in "incidents of pushing and jostling."

"I was there at the Kothanur police station. I interacted with the African nationals and they told me that it was a minor incident, and there was no attack on them," Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar told.

The Africans do not want to file a case, officer added. However, police would take Suo Motu Cognisance of the reported multiple injuries sustained by John and find out whether he suffered those injuries during the attack, Kumar added.

"We will take suo motu cognisance of the alleged injuries sustained by John and find out the truth," he afirmed.

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