Australian police deny any racial motivation in latest attack on Indian student.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JUNE 22, 2009) NETWORK NINE -
A 25 year-old Indian student was attacked in Australia's southern city of Melbourne Monday night (June 22).
He was walking home in Melbourne's eastern suburbs when he was approached by two teenagers who punched him in the face.
"They give very bad, very bad punch on my face," said the Indian student, who has asked to go un-named.
He was left lying on the street until a passer-by raised the alarm.
This is the latest in a string of attacks that has left many foreign students in Australia fearful for their safety.
"Not only me, every student having a fear in the heart. Like, we are not feeling secure in this country," said the Indian student.
Two youths have been arrested but Australian police said the incident was not racially motivated.
"Walking alone, where they were at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Detective Senior Constable, Matthew Gill Tuesday (June 23).
Around 93,000 of the 430,000 foreign students in Australia are Indians, up from around 30,000 just a few years ago.