A 15-year-old Australian boy was arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of Indian student Nitin Garg.
The Australian police, however, seem to be ruling out any racial factor in the murder.
The Australian boy was sent to police custody till October. He was arrested in Yarraville, five months after Garg (21) was stabbed near Cruickshank Park in Melbourne.
After the stabbing, Garg staggered to the fast food outlet, at the corner of Somerville and Geelong roads, and died later.
The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, replied “okay” after the magistrate outlined the schedule of dates for his case. He was remanded in custody to reappear in October, Australian newspaper The Age reported.
Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards, of the Homicide Squad, said police did not believe race was a factor in the murder. “According to our inquiries at this stage, we don’t believe it was racially motivated,” he told reporters after the boy’s arrest, adding that Garg's family in India had been informed about the arrest.
“The Victorian state government authorities have informed the consulate general of India, Melbourne, that a 15-year-old boy was arrested today by the Victorian police, in relation to the death of the late Nitin Garg. He is expected to be charged with one count of murder,” said a release from the ministry of external affairs.
It added that he (the suspect) was “expected to be charged with one count of murder and would be produced in the Children’s Court today”.
“The Victoria police at all levels are engaging with the Indian community and other communities to assure them that Australia is a great place to live and it is usually a safe place to live,” Edwards said.
(With agency inputs)