Indian Student killed in Australia
New Delhi: The clashes on Indian students in Australia are continued. Current example of it Nitin Garg. 21-year-old Nitin Garg, an accounting graduate, died after he was stabbed yesterday in West Footscray area. He was the first to die in a slew of attacks on Indians in Australia. Australian authorities has condemned the killing of an Indian youth in Melbourne calling his stabbing a heinous crime. Condemning the attack, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that people of Melbourne join the people across rest of Australia in unreservedly condemning the incident. She said that police should now be allowed to carry out their investigation. Victorian police, meanwhile, denied any racism angle in the killing of the Indian youth, claiming that there was no evidence to suggest it was a racially-motivated attack.
India condemned the fatal stabbing of an Indian student in Australia and warned that the attack, which was the latest in a series of assaults, could put bilateral ties under strain. The 21-year-old student was killed over the weekend in the southern city of Melbourne. "This heinous crime on humanity, this is an uncivilised brutal attack on innocent Indians," Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna told reporters late Sunday in the southern city of Bangalore. "It certainly will have some bearing on the bilateral ties between our two countries," Krishna said, urging Australia to "speedily" catch those responsible. The stabbing was the latest in a series of attacks on Indian students in Australia over the past year, despite repeated promises by the government to increase police patrols.
Australian officials have downplayed any racial aspect to the attacks, saying jobs that Indian students do to support their education meant they were often in dangerous areas or on public transport late at night. The assaults have attracted widespread media condemnation in India, and triggered street protests by Indians in Sydney and Melbourne. An interim report on Australia's international education sector released last month found its global reputation had been damaged by news of the attacks and later revelations of migration scams. Australia's lucrative higher education industry is worth 17.2 billion dollars (15.4 billion US) a year and is officially listed as the country's fourth largest export earner. About 115,000 Indians have studied in Australia in the last 12 months after a university publicity blitz targeting the country's growing middle class.