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Another Indian student attacked in Australia

November 29, 2010 10:02 IST

In yet another attack on an Indian student in Australia, a 31-year old cookery student was stabbed in the stomach by two men after he finished work in a South Yarra bar in Melbourne earlier in November.

The student, who did not want to be named, underwent an emergency surgery and needed 26 stitches on his punctured bowel after the attack on November 5, according to a media report.

He said the two men approached him around 11.10 pm as he walked to a railway station. They asked him for money, and when he said he had none, he was punched and assaulted.

"One punched me in the stomach, shouted at me and said dirty words. I collected some courage and ran away," said the student.

It wasn't until he reached South Yarra rail station that he realised he was bleeding and that he'd been stabbed.

He hailed a taxi, which took him a nearby hospital, where he was operated on immediately.

The victim, who has been in Australia for two years, spent the next 10 days in hospital, and only then did he let his parents in India know what had happened. The Victoria police are now appealing for witnesses to the attack to come forward.

"It was a very callous attack, and we want these two men off the streets," said senior police official Emma Frankcom.

She said the attack did not appear to be racially motivated. "It appears to be a random attack," she said.

Natasha Chaku In Melbourne
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