Advisory to Indians in Australia last resort: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Monday said that issuing an advisory to Indians in Australia in the aftermath of a youth's murder would be the "last resort" as New Delhi had full faith in authorities there in bringing the perpetrators to book. He also added that it is the moral and legal responsibility of the Australian government to book the culprits.india Updated: Jan 05, 2010 00:55 IST
Government on Monday said that issuing an advisory to Indians in Australia in the aftermath of a youth's murder would be the "last resort" as New Delhi had full faith in authorities there in bringing the perpetrators to book.
"Let us not jump the gun. That is the last resort. We are in the preliminary stages (of investigating the murder) and we have complete faith in the Australian government, that it will be able to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told NDTV here.
21-year-old youth Nitin Garg, an accounting graduate who was originally from Punjab, died after he was stabbed in West Footscray area of Melbourne. He was the first to die in a slew of attacks on Indians in Australia that began last year.
The minister in fact advised Indians to remain "cautious" and "careful" and asked them to move around in groups as it was not advisable to roam around the streets in the dead of the night, as it could lead to more such attacks.
When asked to elaborate on what he meant by his earlier statement that India would be forced to look at alternate steps if the perpetrators of the crime were not brought to book, Krishna said, "taking into consideration our friendly relations with Australia, I don't think India would be prompted to take any other action than asking the Australian government to protect our students."
The minister said that the Indian High Commissioner in Australia, Sujatha Singh, told him on Monday morning that she has taken up the matter with the Provincial authorities of Victoria and the Australian government.
"She has also registered a strong protest with the Australian authorities. We have assurance from both Victorian
government and Australian government that they will go after the perpetrators of the heinous attack. They will bring them
to justice. "The Australian government has got nothing to do with the attack per say. All that we expect from them is protection of Indian students," Krishna added.
He said that it is the moral and legal responsibility of the Australian government to book the culprits.
"They understand this and our concerns are registered with them and I am sure they are sensitive enough to act expeditiously in the matter," the minister said.