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No racist angle in Nitin murder, say Oz cops

The Australian police investigating the killing of Indian youth Nitin Garg in Melbourne on Sunday have conveyed to family members here that the probe found “no evidence” to link the murder with racism.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2010 00:35 IST

The Australian police investigating the killing of Indian youth Nitin Garg in Melbourne on Sunday have conveyed to family members here that the probe found “no evidence” to link the murder with racism.

Investigators conveyed to the family on Monday that the murder appeared more to be part of a series of attacks in which victims were stabbed prior to being looted.

Investigators said a knife was used on Nitin to prevent “anticipated resistance” during the attempted loot.

“They (Australian police) told us the murder matched similar incidents in which a knife was used to injure immigrants as well as locals to rob them,” said a Melbourne-based friend of the Garg family, Aman Dhillon. Nitin’s friends in Melbourne said Nitin’s life could have been saved if he had agreed to take a lift with them to the restaurant where he worked. “But he insisted on taking as shortcut through a park,” said Sandeep Singh, a friend.