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Oz asks India not to fuel 'hysteria' over student's killing

world Updated: Jan 05, 2010 21:39 IST

Australia today asked India not to whip up "hysteria" over the killing of a 21-year-old youth from the country here saying such incidents occur all over the world including Delhi and Mumbai, close on the heels of India warning that these attacks may have a "bearing" on ties.

There was no evidence to suggest that the attack on Nitin Garg, a student who was fatally stabbed in the abdomen on Sunday while on his way to his part-time job in a restaurant, was racially-motivated, acting Foreign Minister Simon Crean said, adding it was one of a spate of stabbings in Melbourne over the Christmas period.

"It so happens that one of the victims is Indian ... Melbourne is not the only city in the world where this happens. It also happens in Delhi and in Mumbai," Crean was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.

"It's an unfortunate fact of life, but so far as the victim is concerned and his parents, our deepest sympathy for them and we're doing everything we can to track down the perpetrators."

About comments by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna who termed the killing of Garg as a "brutal attack", Crean said he hoped "wiser heads will prevail."

Krishna had also warned that such incidents could have a bearing on bilateral ties

The report said Crean asked Indian leaders not to fuel hysteria over the issue, while conceding that there could be economic repercussions of the issue, although it was not clear that a fall-off in applications from international students was related.