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Indian envoy in Oz visits Melbourne

india Updated: Jan 18, 2010 11:35 IST

India's top envoy in Australia has assured Indians that the government back home was "very closely monitoring" their well-being in this country, as she asked them to not allow "a few bad elements" to sour the otherwise warm Indo-Asutralian relationship.

Indian High Commissioner Sujatha Singh, who travelled to Melbourne, assured the Indian Sikh community that perpetrators of the alleged incident of arson on a gurdwara here will be brought to justice by the authorities.

Singh told the Indian community not to allow "a few bad elements" to sour "the warmth and good feeling" which continued to exist between the two nations.

Singh, who flew back to Canberrra today, assured the community that the Indian government was "very closely monitoring" the well-being of Indians in Australia.

Singh said she had been in daily -- "even sometimes hourly" -- contact with the relevant Australian authorities to address community's safety concerns.

"The incidents that have taken place in recent times have troubled us all, Indians and Australians alike. They have been condemned in the strongest possible terms by all right-thinking people," she said.

On her visit to the Lynbrook Gurdawara yesterday, she said: "The incident of arson is receiving the full attention of the concerned authorities".