Now, houses of assaulted Indians burgled in Australia

Updated on May 28, 2009 03:12 PM IST

The houses of four Indian students, who were brutally assaulted by a group of teenagers in Australia have been burgled, even as one of them battles for life at a hospital, an organisation of Indian students in Melbourne said.

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PTI | ByNatasha Chaku, Melbourne

The houses of four Indian students, who were brutally assaulted by a group of teenagers in Australia have been burgled, even as one of them battles for life at a hospital, an organisation of Indian students in Melbourne has alleged.

The students, who were bashed up in an apparent racial attack, were away to the hospital when unknown intruders broke into their houses and stole everything available.

"They have no clothes or anything left in the house and the students are really feeling insecure and unsafe," said Gautam Gupta, President of the Federation of Indian student Association (FISA).

"They believe it was done by members of the same group who had assaulted them during the weekend," he said. There was, however, no official confirmation of the burglary so far.

The fresh attack comes despite the Indian government pressing Australia to tackle security issues of its students in the wake of growing assaults on them.

Meanwhile, the condition of the 25-year old Shravan Kumar, who is fighting for life in a hospital, remains critical and doctors are "not very optimistic" about chances of his recovery.

Representatives of FISA, along with those of Australia's apex student body National Union of Students (NUS) will meet Indian High Commission Sujatha Singh on the issue today and present a list of their demands.

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