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Australia arrests more perpetrators of attacks against Indians

Clarifying the media reports of alleged racist attacks on Indians in Australia, the Australian High Commission in New Delhi issues a press release on Friday, stating that Australia has arrested more perpetrators of attacks against Indian nationals.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2010 19:38 IST

Clarifying the media reports of alleged racist attacks on Indians in Australia, the Australian High Commission in New Delhi issues a press release on Friday, stating that Australia has arrested more perpetrators of attacks against Indian nationals.

The release said: "The Australian High Commissioner, Peter Varghese, on Friday welcomed advice that the NSW police had arrested three persons in connection with the murder of Ranjodh Singh, a 25-year old Indian man, whose burnt body was found in the NSW town of Griffith on 29 December 2009. Gurpreet Singh, 23, and his 20-year-old wife Harpreet Bhullar faced Court on 29 January. A third man was arrested on 29 January and will also be charged with Mr Singh's murder."

The release aimed to ensure that "the arrests underlined the importance of allowing investigations to run their course and not to jump to conclusions based on initial reports." It is noteworthy that those who are arrested are Indian nationals, and investigation shows that "racism had not been a factor".

"Varghese said that this case had been widely reported in the Indian media as a racist attack and he hoped that those which carried such reports would now set the record straight," the release said.

Reiterating Australia's commitment to bringing to swift justice the perpetrators of attacks against Indian nationals in Australia, the Australian High Commissioner stressed that Australia's police forces and courts would continue to come down hard on all instances of violence.

The release said that more than 50 people have been arrested so far in conjunction with cases involving Indian nationals.

Police investigations are on into the death of Nitin Garg in Melbourne. Police across Australia have stepped up their response to incidents of assault against Indians in Australia. Police charged a man in Melbourne on 20 January in relation to an incident in which a taxi driver was assaulted after refusing to carry passengers in excess of his taxi's capacity, the release said.

Investigations are also continuing into a fire at a Gurudwara in Melbourne on 13 January, with police making all efforts to identify the culprits, the media release noted.