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Indian immigrant set on fire in Italy

Italian police have arrested three young men for allegedly beating and setting on fire an Indian immigrant in a town near Rome.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2009 11:38 IST

Italian police have arrested three young men for allegedly beating and setting on fire an Indian immigrant in a town near Rome.

The attack has sparked outrage in Italy and fueled a debate on its attitude toward immigrants.

Carabinieri police said Monday that the 35-year-old Indian was attacked while sleeping on a bench in Nettuno, a town 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Rome.

Police said the three poured gasoline on the man, then set him on fire early Sunday.

Italian news reports say the man is hospitalized with severe burns but that his life is not in danger.

Police say the three suspects include a 16-year-old. Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government has been cracking down on immigration in Italy, which many citizens link to crime.