A day after two African nationals were beaten up by locals at Chhattarpur here on suspicion of their involvement in abduction of a child, the police on Saturday registered a case of kidnapping.

“We have registered a case under Section 363 (kidnapping) and 511 (attempt to commit offences punishable with life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code. The statements of the locals and the African nationals are being recorded,” said a senior police officer.

Several policemen have been deployed to maintain peace. Meanwhile, the two African nationals are recuperating at AIIMS.