India is in constant touch with Australia: S M Krishna

May 29th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has said the Indian Government is in constant touch with the authorities in Australia following attacks on Indian students.Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Australia, Sujata Singh, who met the Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, John Brumby, in a press conference, said that there is a “racist element in some of the attacks” but many of them were “opportunistic”.

She also stressed the need for strong steps by the Australian Government to prevent such incidents.

“It is my earnest hope that these attacks stop now. And that is precisely what we are all trying to work towards,” Singh added.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Brumby said the discussions had centered on the safety and security of Victoria’s Indian student community and further measures that may be required to ensure their experience of living, studying and working in Victoria was a successful and enjoyable experience.

Brumby said attacking any individual is abhorrent to the values and principles that made Victoria among the world’s most successful multicultural communities.

A student suffered burns after a suspected petrol bomb was hurled at him in his home in Sydney on Thursday.

In an another attack, hospitality graduate Rajesh Kumar received burns to 30 per cent of his body when a petrol bomb was thrown through the window of the Harris Park home he shared with other Indians. (ANI)

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