Manrajwinder Singh, a 20-year-old Indian student from Reservoir, Australia suffered serious injuries and was admitted in a hospital after a gang attacked him on Sunday.
According to a local police statement on Monday, he was sitting near the footpath with two other friends, east of Princess Bridge, when they were approached by eight men.
The offenders assaulted Mr. Singh by kicking him on the head and hitting him with a stick. The group then punched his friend on the face, the statement said, adding the offenders stole the victims’ mobile phones and fled.
The third man, a 20-year-old from Noble Park, was not assaulted and managed to run away to seek help.
Mr. Singh was taken to The Alfred hospital where he remains in an induced coma. Another man suffered swelling and abrasions to his face. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Melbourne detectives have released the CCTV images of eight men and a woman who they believe may be able to assist with their investigation.
Mr. Singh was here to study accounts. Detective Senior Constable Adam Foley said, “It was just an opportunistic target from the offenders, they’ve just seen them there and approached them and done what they’ve done.”
Meanwhile, victim’s brother Yanwinder Singh has pleaded for justice.
“He said ‘I want to see the city, I haven’t seen Melbourne city I’ve been working and studying,’” his brother was quoted by ‘The Age’ report on Monday.
“I just want the culprits to be punished, that’s all. They should get caught so that my brother gets justice.”