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May 28, 2009 at 03:01am IST

India asks Australia to protect Indians

New Delhi: Expressing outrage at the attack on its students in Melbourne, India on Wednesday asked Australia to ensure that incidents such as the one reported in Melbourne on Wednesday do not recur.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said Australia has a responsibility to ensure the well-being and security of Indian students studying in there.

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"I have been appalled at the attack on our students in Melbourne," Krishna said in a statement here while commenting on the assault on four Indian students, one of whom is battling for life in a hospital there.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has condemned the Australia attack.

"We will impress upon the Australian authorities that such attacks should not be permitted," he said.

The minister said Indian Consulate General in Melbourne is in touch with the affected students and the state police.

Indian High Commissioner in Canberra Sujata Singh has rushed to Melbourne to take stock of the situation and to ensure that the student who has been seriously injured receives the best possible treatment and that the authorities ensure that the culprits are brought to book.

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