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India seeks details of latest Melbourne attack on students

India is seeking details from its consulate in Melbourne about the reported attack on three Indians, official sources said today.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2009 20:48 IST

India is seeking details from its consulate in Melbourne about the reported attack on three Indians.

"We are concerned, we are seeking details (of the incident)," official sources told IANS in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The three Indians were brutally attacked in a Melbourne suburb by a group of youths who allegedly made racist remarks, according to media report on Tuesday.

Omkar Singh, a relative of the victims, told a news channel that the attack took place when his relatives were playing pool in Epping. He said the attackers told the victims to "go back to India".

Sukhdip Singh, his brother Gurdeep Singh and uncle Mukhtiar Singh were targeted by the group. Sukhdip reportedly had his nose and jaw broken, and is now unable to eat any solid food.

There has been a string of attacks on Indian students in Australia since May this year, causing an uproar in India. Canberra has given repeated assurances to New Delhi that it would do its best to stop the attacks.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna visited Australia in August to take up the issue.

Australian Minister for Education Julia Gillard visited India in late August and assured New Delhi that his government was taking measures to prevent attacks on Indian students.