The Australian police have arrested two people and are looking for another in connection with the robbery and assault on an Indian in Brisbane, even as community members voiced serious concerns over the spate of attacks, most of which have targeted students.
The 25-year-old Indian, name was not revealed, was using a telephone box in Macgregor in south Brisbane on Thursday night when he was attacked and robbed of his wallet.
Police have charged a 15-year-old boy and a 20-year-old youth “with actual violence,” media reported on Saturday. They are also looking for another man who punched the victim twice in the head , before robbing him.
The police said the teenager would be dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act, while the 20-year-old Macgregor youth was due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court shortly.
Another Indian, a cabbie who was assaulted at Carindale in southeast Brisbane on Friday after he got into an argument over fare with two drunk passengers, said he was considering returning to India. “I don’t think I will be much longer in this country,” Sandeep Goyal was quoted as saying by ABC.
The men, who punched the driver in the face several times and smashed the car’s windscreen, have been charged and are due to face the court in March. However, the police said there was no suggestion that race was a factor.