India in contact with injured student in Australia

Arindam Bagchi

India on Friday said the unfortunate attack on a 28-year-old Indian student from Agra in Australia on October 6 should be taken seriously and swift action should be taken against the perpetrators.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the injured Indian national is in hospital, he is undergoing treatment. Our High Commission in Canberra and Consulate in Sydney are in touch with local authorities and family. Our officers have met him in the hospital. We hope that this issue will be taken seriously and action will be taken against the perpetrators.

28-year-old Shubham Garg, who is pursuing his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, was stabbed multiple times in the face, chest and abdomen when he was returning home (in Australia). The accused Daniel Norwood, 27, was arrested from the scene and taken to Chatswood police station.

Norwood was denied bail by Hornsby Local Court. As reported by The Australia Today, he will remain in custody till the next court appearance on December 14. Norwood had allegedly threatened Garg, demanding money and a phone call.

The Australia Today quoted local media reports as saying that Garg refused, following which the attacker inflicted several stabbings with a knife.

On the other hand, Garg’s family termed the attack on their son as racism, Bagchi said- our main focus at the moment is that he is out of danger and criminals get strict punishment. We have asked the Australian High Court to expedite the visa process so that family members can reach Australia immediately.

Just a few months ago, a similar case came to light from Purdue University in America. Where Varun Manish Chheda, a student of Indian origin, was stabbed to death by his roommate in his hostel.

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