A 23-year-old Indian student has been beaten with iron bars in Australia by Khalistan supporters for resisting the activities of extremist elements, a media report said on Friday.
The student was on his way to work when he was attacked by assailants chanting “Khalistan Zindabad” in Sydney’s western suburb of Merrylands, the Australia Today news portal reported.
“Today at 5:30 in the morning when I went to work, about 4-5 Khalistan supporters attacked me,” said the student, who preferred anonymity.
“As soon as I got behind the wheel, these Khalistan supporters came out of nowhere. One of them opened the left side door of my vehicle and hit me with an iron road on my cheekbone below my left eye,” he said.
The student, who also works as a driver, said he was then dragged from the vehicle and beaten with iron bars. He added that two of the attackers also videotaped the attack.
“They repeatedly brought up the slogan ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ all the time,” he said in the report.
“Everything happened in 5 minutes and they left saying this should be a lesson for me to oppose the Khalistan issue. If not, they are ready to give me more lessons like this,” he said.
The New South Wales Police (NSF) was notified of the incident and the Indian student was taken to Westmead Hospital with serious injuries to his head, leg and arm, the report said.
“Police have learned that a 23-year-old man was walking down Rupert Street before he was attacked by four men armed with a metal pole,” a police spokesman said in the report.
“The 23-year-old was allegedly repeatedly kicked, punched and struck with the metal pole before the four men left the scene in a gray sedan,” the spokesperson added.
Member of Parliament for Merrylands said: “There is no place in our local community for extremism or violence of any kind. I have contacted the relevant authorities regarding this incident and will monitor the situation as it unfolds.
In January, two separate brawls broke out between Khalistani activists and pro-India protesters in Melbourne during the so-called ‘Punjab independence referendum’.
India had asked the Australian government to curb the anti-Indian activities of the Khalistan separatists and frequent attacks on the country’s Hindu temples.
In the name of freedom of expression, no room should be given to those who advocate violence or legitimize terrorism, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said recently in New Delhi amid a wave of anti-Indian activity by the Khalistani groups in some countries.
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