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Half-Burnt Body Of Indian Found, Australia Says Don't Create Hysteria

PTI January 05, 2010 23:20 IST

Days after a 21-year-old Indian was stabbed to death in Melbourne, Australian police today said that a partially-charred body of another youth from the country was found in New South Wales, even as Canberra asked New Delhi not to whip up "hysteria" over such incidents. 

The body of the 25-year-old victim was found on a roadside near Griffith in New South Wales on December 29. Police are yet to name the man but they are in touch with his family in India to help with identification. 

The incident came amid diplomatic efforts by both the countries to ease strains in ties over frequent attacks on Indians. 

Media reports said the youth could be the victim of a labour dispute as there has been a rise in Indian students working as contract labourers in western NSW and there are complaints that they are being exploited and underpaid. 

Acting Foreign Minister Simon Crean said there was no evidence to suggest that the attack on Nitin Garg, a student who was fatally stabbed in the abdomen on Sunday while on his way to his part-time job in a restaurant, was racially- motivated. 

"It so happens that one of the victims is Indian ... Melbourne is not the only city in the world where this happens. It also happens in Delhi and in Mumbai," Crean was quoted as saying by 'The Age'. PTI