Manmohan Singh calls up Australian counterpart over racist attacks

June 2nd, 2009 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, June 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday spoke to his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd to express concern over hate crimes against Indian students there.

After six racial attacks against Indians in Australia, the Indian government has taken up the issue at the highest level.

The issue has also created ripples in the Australian Parliament, where Prime Minister Rudd has reassured New Delhi that Australia isn’t a racist nation, and promised that the culprits behind the attacks on Indian students are brought to book.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has confirmed that Dr. Singh expressed his displeasure to Kevin Rudd.

Talking to a private TV channel, Krishna said, that the Indian mission in Australia has been asked to be in close touch with the student community so that any such incident would be immediately brought to the notice of the Australian government.

The attacks have been occurring for more than a year but came into focus last weekend when a student named Sravan Kumar Theerthala was left fighting for his life after being stabbed with a screwdriver.

Australian Police have repeatedly denied that racial hatred was a factor in the attacks by contending that Indian students were often simply in the wrong time at the wrong place as they travelled home late at night with items such as mobile phones and IPods. (ANI)

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