Indian students car torched in latest Australian attack

June 7th, 2009 - 9:12 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

A car belonging to an Indian student was set alight in the outer eastern Melbourne suburb of Springvale in the latest of a string of what some people are saying are racially based attacks.

The car, and two others damaged by the fire, were parked at a block of flats when they were set alight about 1am yesterday.

Police said the torched car’s 30-year-old owner was asleep when he awoke to the sound of his car horn and looked out to see his Toyota Camry in flames.

CFA officers extinguished the fire, which is being investigated by detectives from the Victorian Police Criminal Investigation Unit at Dandenong.

The arson attack comes after a series of physical assaults on Indian students around Melbourne in recent week that have sparked widespread community debate and seen protests in the heart of Melbourne as well as in India.

Last week both major Australian political parties went into damage control mode over the attacks, condemning those responsible in the Parliament.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised to bring those responsible for the violence to justice.

“I said to Prime Minister Singh that the more than 90,000 Indian students in Australia are welcome guests in our country,” Mr Rudd told Parliament.

In New Delhi, the youth wing of India‚Äôs Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) burnt effigies of Mr Rudd outside the Australian High Commission in protest to the attacks.

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