Reuters | Sydney | Mon Jan 4, 2010 | 8:19am IST
Australia condemned on Monday the killing of an Indian student in Melbourne, as India called for an end to the spate of attacks against Indian students which has damaged Australia’s multi-million dollar foreign student sector. Accounting graduate Nitin Garg, 21, originally from the state of Punjab in northern India, was stabbed to death on Saturday night on his way to a job at a fast food outlet in Melbourne. Police said the motive for the attack, which they described as vicious, was not known. Indian media have labelled the series of attacks against Indian students in Australia as racist, but police and the Australian government have said the attacks are purely criminal. “I obviously unreservedly condemn this attack,” said Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “This is a nation that welcomes international students. We want to make them welcome, this is a welcoming and accepting country,” Gillard told reporters on Monday.
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday issued a statement condemning the “brutal attack,” with Indian media reporting him warning the attacks were creating “deep anger” in India and could have a “bearing on bilateral ties.” “There is extreme shock and fear and anger,” Gautam Gupta, president of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia, told local radio on Monday. Australia’s international student sector is the country’s third largest export earner, behind coal and iron ore, totalling Aus $13 billion ($11.7 billion, Rs. 5440.5 Cr) in Continue reading