Melbourne: A 23-year old Indian student was
attacked, robbed and left unconscious near the city police
headquarters here, leaving him with a broken nose and a
seriously damaged eye, in a fresh racial incident after a
brief lull in assaults on Indians here.
Neeraj Bhardwaj was approached by two drunk men when he
was waiting for a tram near Melbourne Aquarium at 4 am (local
time) on Easter Monday after a night out, the Age reported
The men, who Bhardwaj said were white and aged in their
20s, demanded his wallet. Even after he handed it over, one
man punched him several times in the face until he lost
Bhardwaj said the men left immediately but returned about
15 minutes later and punched him again, one of them screaming:
"F--- off, go back to your own country".
The assault left Bhardwaj with a damaged left eye, broken
nose, headaches and sore ribs. He said the doctors told him
his left eye had lost "80 to 90 per cent" of its capacity and
might never recover.