Under pressure to check the attacks on Indians here, Victorian premier John Brumby has met Indian High Commissioner to Australia Sujatha Singh and briefed her on the measures put in place to improve law and order and the safety of foreign students in the state.

Ms. Singh’s meeting with Brumby on Sunday came ahead of her visit to New Delhi to brief the Indian government on the steps taken by Australia to prevent attacks on Indians, mainly in the state of Victoria.

During the meeting, issues relating to the security of the overseas students in Melbourne came up for discussion.

Mr. Brumby discussed the various steps taken by Victorian government to support international students in Melbourne and assured Singh that Victoria would continue to examine how best to further reduce the problems faced by students from India.

Victorian police chief Simon Overland, who was also present in the meeting, outlined the measures put in place to improve law and order in Melbourne and the safety and security of Indian students living there, an official statement said.

The meeting followed Mr. Brumby’s request after Ms. Singh made strong remarks against his government, saying Victoria was in “a state of denial”. She warned that attacks on Indians in Australia will have long-term consequences unless effective actions were taken to prevent it.

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