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Updated: January 9, 2010 19:21 IST

India asks Australia to take 'preventive action'

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Protestors shout slogans against the attacks on Indians in Australia, outside the Australian Embassy in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
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Protestors shout slogans against the attacks on Indians in Australia, outside the Australian Embassy in New Delhi, on Wednesday.

As one more Indian was attacked in Australia, India on Saturday amplified its exasperation over continuance of such “disturbing” incidents despite promises of action by Australian government and said the matter has been taken up “vigorously” with authorities there.

Interestingly, however, the Ministry of External Affairs asked the media to exercise “utmost restraint” while reporting on such “sensitive” matters as it could have bearing on bilateral relations.

“We came to know that another attack has taken place in Australia. It is unfortunate that things are not moving as they promised. It is very disturbing for every one of us in the government as well as for the people of the country,” Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters here.

He was commenting on the latest incident in which a 29-year-old Indian Jaspreet Singh was set on fire by four assailants in Melbourne.

Mr. Ravi said Australian authorities must act tough on those behind such crimes and put them behind bars.

“I want to make it loudly clear that the (Australian) government should take preventive action,” he said.

Mr. Ravi claimed police know the elements behind these attacks and the persons committing these crimes.

“Why cannot they arrest them and put them behind bars and prosecute them? My suggestion is that please take preventive action against these elements. Our government expresses serious concerns and waiting for better results,” Ravi said on the sidelines of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here.

Seeking “preventive arrest” of such criminal elements, Mr. Ravi said, “the Australian police must be efficient enough to mark these people, who are creating this and it is for them to understand.”

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