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Oz police working on leads in Nitin Garg murder

india Updated: Jan 08, 2010 12:43 IST

Detectives in Australia have said they are working on some leads in the stabbing death of an Indian student in Melbourne and are keen to talk a person who jumped into a taxi near the murder spot that night.

Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards, of the homicide squad, said police have some leads and have set up an information caravan at the scene in Yarraville.

"Irrespective of what is going on in the media here and overseas, it's a straight-out murder and that's how we are treating it," he was quoted as saying by media in Melbourne.

Police are keen to talk to a person who got into a taxi at about 9.50 pm on Saturday opposite the Hungry Jack's restaurant where victim Nitin Garg worked part-time. They also want the taxi driver to contact them. Garg was stabbed on way to the eatery. The murder weapon has not been found.

Acting Premier Rob Hulls and Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe met Indian High Commissioner Sujatha Singh and Consul General Anita Nayar to discuss the issue yesterday.

"I assured (the high commissioner) that police were doing everything within their power to find the perpetrator of this heinous crime," Hulls said.

Walshe said Singh had "indicated a concern regarding Indian nationals in Australia" but had not suggested that she believed Garg's murder was driven by racism.

Meanwhile, using their new powers to 'stop and search' for concealed arms, police have seized weapons like knives and machete at Footscray railway station on Thursday.