Krishna visits Melbourne’s Railway station where Indian students were attackedAugust 9th, 2009 - 11:09 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Aug.9 (ANI): External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday visited Sunshine train station in Melbourne, where several Indian students were targeted by mobs a couple of months ago.
Krishna was briefed by a senior police officer about the extra security measurements taken at the station.
“By and large I think there are so many other considerations which have led to this attack on Indian students,” SM Krishna said during a news conference about the motive of these attacks.
“In India itself we will have to take some measure like regulate unscrupulous agents to ensure students understand what is in store for them when they go abroad to study,” Krishna said.
Australian police told Krishna that the attacks had not been racially motivated and blamed Indian media for labelling the incidents as ‘racially motivated’.
New security cameras have since then been placed to outwatch security at that train station.
Krishna also met Victoria’s premier John Brumby.
Indian students, generally working until late hours and travelling alone with valuables such as iPods and mobile phones form “perfect preys” for the mobs and they are not the only foreign students who were targeted, Australian police said in its earlier statements.
An Australian current affairs programme last month also unveiled scam visa agents and education institutions targeting foreign students.
The reaction to both the attacks and the scams is seen as a major threat to Australia’s 3rd largest export.
Krishna’s visit has come at a time when Australian Government announced its review over the education system.
On Friday, Krishna met with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and got reassurances from the top end of the Australia’s political scale.
Krishna is undertaking five-day visit to Australia. (ANI)
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