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‘Latest attack not racially motivated’

world Updated: Jun 04, 2009 00:28 IST

Victorian police chief Simon Overland today cautioned against attaching racial overtones to all attacks on Indian students in Australia, saying there was a “hysterical edge” to such reactions.

Denying that the latest attack on a 21-year old Indian student here yesterday was racially-motivated, Overland also defended the conduct of police in preventing such incidents.

In the ninth such attack on Indians in the last one month, Nardeep Singh, a nursing student at Chisholm Institute in Dandenong in Melbourne's east, was slashed with box-cutter knife by one of the five men who confronted him in a car park yesterday.

Singh was attacked by five men when he was leaving his college in an apparent robbery attempt, police said.
Police chief commissioner in Victoria, Overland said the latest attack did not appear to be race-related and denied allegations that police was not doing enough to tackle race-based attacks.

"There is a hysterical edge to this, and assertions that we have not done enough on this issue and not taking it seriously is just plain wrong.

"We have done an enormous amount on this issue on the past 18 months both pro-actively and reactively," he was quoted as saying by a media report here.

Police appealed for witnesses to the latest attack and also called for calm, even as the government announced a Task Force headed by the National Security Adviser to deal with such violence.

No attack on gurdwara

A gurdwara here denied reports that its premises were vandalised on Tuesday.

“Everything is normal here. Its just a rumour that the premises has been vandalised,” Kuldeeep Singh, committee member of the Shepparton Gurdwara told PTI.

A media report had said a Gurdwara was vandalised on Monday night.