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NRI cafe owner assaulted in Australia

Bobbi Bali, owner of Cafe Kashmir in Nightcliff, was assaulted by a group of youths who then taunted him.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2006 13:47 IST

An Indian cafe owner in Darwin, Australia, was allegedly harassed and assaulted up by a group of local youths.

Bobbi Bali, the owner of Cafe Kashmir in Nightcliff, told police that the group taunted him saying "ring the police, ring".

There has been a spate of property crimes and assaults in this quiet suburb of Darwin, all blamed on gangs of youths, according to the Australian newspaper.

Recently, many Indians living in the south Australian city of Adelaide were brutally beaten in a series of attacks by youth gangs that were racially motivated.

Local Nightcliff shopkeepers are planning to take things into their own hands after the police failed to arrest the members of the gangs.

Police has, however, appealed to shopkeepers not to turn to vigilante action to halt the spate of property crimes and assaults.

"Police do not support vigilante action at any time," superintendent of police Matt Hollamby said.

"It is the reporting of issues by members of the public that police rely on to gather intelligence to form a complete picture of issues in any given area. Police encourage shop proprietors and, indeed, any members of the public to report any suspicious activity in the Nightcliff area," he added.

First Published: Nov 21, 2006 13:47 IST