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Another Indian student attacked in Melbourne

india Updated: Jun 13, 2009 14:59 IST
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A 24-year-old Indian student from Gujarat was attacked by a group of men in Melbourne, the latest in a spate of racial assaults targeting the community members in Australia.

Three people attacked Hardik Bipinbhai Patel, who hails from Surat, while he was about to enter his car on Friday night.

Patel, who is pursuing a course in commercial cookery at the Melbourne University, said two people came in front of him while he was about to enter his car and punched him on his face.

"Then someone from my back side hit on my head and I fell unconscious. When I woke up I was found far away from the area and an elderly man helped me to reach hospital," Patel, who suffered face injuries in the assault, told PTI.

He said the attackers also looted his mobile, wallet and car keys and that they looked like drug addicts.

Patel, who was admitted to a hospital yesterday, was discharged today and is doing well.

The attack comes after Indian students in Melbourne and Sydney have held series of rallies over violent attacks and repeated calls for an inquiry into racial attacks against them.

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