Indian student taxi driver stabbed in Melbourne

April 29th, 2008 - 1:01 pm ICT by admin  

By Neena Bhandari
Sydney, April 29 (IANS) A 23-year-old Indian student, who was also working as a taxi driver, was found Tuesday stabbed outside a hotel in the Clifton Hill suburb of Melbourne, the police said. “He is an Indian student but we won’t be releasing his name because none of his family is in Australia. He is now in a stable condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital,” a Victoria Police spokesperson told IANS.

The Indian student driver was found in a critical condition just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, covered in blood with multiple stab wounds to the upper body. He was lying out in the freezing cold, about 500 metres from the taxi which had been smashed into a power pole.

Detective Senior Constable Brendan Smith told reporters that the police had found the abandoned crashed taxi at about 3 a.m. but could not immediately find the driver.

“We’d say that he’s received stab wounds… and we’re receiving regular updates from the hospital as to his condition. We’re still unclear as to what’s happened in the taxi, but for a man to receive stab wounds and end up in a critical condition in hospital is obviously a very vicious attack and if completely unprovoked is very, very concerning,” Smith said.

The police believe he may have been attacked by a passenger. They are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information and are examining the CCTV cameras in the area for clues to the attack. A backpack was found on the footpath nearby.

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