Show restraint: Krishna asks Indian students in Australia

Show restraint: Krishna asks Indian students in Australia
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Jun 09 2009. 01 21 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jun 09 2009. 01 21 PM IST
New Delhi: Concerned over reports of some Indian students in Australia retaliating in the wake of spate of attacks on them, government today asked them to exercise restraint.
“I would like to urge the Indian students to be patient and show restraint. They have gone there for higher studies. They should concentrate on that rather than retaliate,” external affairs minister S.M.Krishna said.
He said that the Australian government has given fullest assurance that steps will be taken to ensure the safety of Indian students.
A 20 year old man was stabbed in Melbourne yesterday after he had allegedly racially abused a group of Indian students here in possibly the first act of retaliation.
According to reports, Indian students had formed groups to patrol troubled areas in Melbourne to prevent racial attacks on the community members. They were asked by the Australian police to stop the practise and let them do their jobs.
Asked if there was any reduction in the number of staff members in the Indian embassy in Australia due to cost cutting, Krishna said that the government will examine the issue.
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