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Dec 30, 2013 at 01:35pm IST

Indian student in coma after brutal attack in Melbourne

Melbourne: In yet another incident of crime against Indians in Australia, a young student has been left in an induced coma after a brutal attack in Melobourne.

Manriajwinder Singh, the 20-year-old Indian was repeatedly kicked and punched until a friend came to his rescue. Two cellphones were stolen from him and his friend.

Police have released CCTV footage of the area and are looking out for the perpetrators of the attack.

Indian student in coma after brutal attack in Melbourne

The 20-year-old boy was repeatedly kicked and punched until a friend came to his rescue. Two cellphones were stolen from him and his friend.

CCTV footage released by police shows Singh standing near the footpath with another friend at Birrarung Marr park, about 50 metres from St Kilda Road, when the trio were approached by eight men of African appearance and one fair-skinned woman about 4.15am on Sunday, as reported by Australian website Theage.com.

Yadwinder Singh, the brother of the student who was brutally bashed and robbed in an inner-city park is pleading for justice. Singh has said that he wants the thugs who beat his younger brother to be "caught and punished so innocent people like him and his friend don't get bashed like this".

Detective Senior Constable Adam Foley said that after a brief conversation between the group and the two victims, one of the offenders kicked Mr Singh in the jaw, causing him to fall, unconscious, to the ground.

Meanwhile, the others "set upon the other victim, punching and kicking him" before knocking him to the ground.

"While this was occurring, another man picked up a stick and beat the unconscious victim with it," Senior Constable Foley said.

The attackers, aged in their late teens to early 20s, then robbed the two victims of their phones and ran away through Federation Square.

A third man, a friend of Mr Singh and the Springvale victim, who was talking on the phone to a relative at the time of the attack, managed to run away and alert the police.

The other victim, a 23-year-old Springvale man, suffered swelling and abrasions to his face. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

So far the police have not been able to track down the stolen phones, and are appealing to the public for information on the assault.

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