Melbourne: Rattled by the first act of retaliation by the Indian community here following racial attacks on them, Australian authorities Tuesday asked Indian students to disband their patrol groups and “let the police do their jobs.”
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the federal government had been working with Victoria and other states to ensure that Indian students feel safe in Australia.
“As a national government we’re concerned about any manifestations of violence in any part of the community,” Gillard was quoted as saying by the local media.
Her comments came in the wake of hundreds of Indian students protesting against the continuing attacks on the community members, especially students. Police said they had to call the dog squad to control the protesters who were wielding sticks and baseball bats.
The students gathered at the main street of Harris Park to protest against the recent racial violence.
The demonstration began last night after a 20-year- old Indian student was allegedly assaulted by a group of men of Middle Eastern appearance, police said.
Besides, Indians have also formed groups to protect students from racial attacks at St Albans and Thomastown railway stations in Melbourne’s west after a spate of assaults on the community members in the area.