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Two Indians Attacked In Brisbane In Australia

PTI 22 Jan 2010, 21:09:23 PM IST

Two Indians, including a cabbie, were attacked in separate incidents overnight in Brisbane, a day after Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the assaults on Indians in the country were "regrettable".

A 25-year-old youth was assaulted and robbed while using a phone box near his home in Macgregor in Brisbane's south at about last night, police officials were quoted a saying by AAP.

The youth, whose identity was not disclosed, was punched in the head twice and his wallet stolen. Police were searching for the attacker, described as being tall, of Pacific Islander appearance, with black curly hair, the report said.

In a separate incident, a taxi driver was attacked at about early this morning after an argument broke out with two men in Carindale, in Brisbane's southeast.

The men punched the driver in the face several times and smashed the car's windscreen. The driver was taken to the Princess Alexandra hospital for cuts to his face and swelling to his right eye.

Two men, aged 28 and 25, are helping police with their enquiries.

Meanwhile, the government again stressed that there was no indication that the attacks were racially motivated. Acting Premier Andrew Fraser said he wants to assure Indian nationals that Australia is a safe place.

Expressing "disappointment" over the continuing attacks on its nationals, India on Friday  said "clearly more needs to be done" by Australian government to stop these attacks.

"We are getting further details. We have received assurances from government of Australia that they follow policy of zero tolerance and they are taking measures but clearly more needs to done," External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters here.

He was reacting to the reports of two Indians, including a cabbie, being attacked in separate incidents in Brisbane yesterday night.

He said High Commission and Consulars in Australia were in close touch with Government of Australia, State governments and police authorities.

"Safety and security of Indian nationals is very important and we are disappointed at the attacks which continue to be happening there," he said. PTI