Melbourne: A 15-year-old boy was arrested
in Australia Thursday in connection with the murder of Indian
student Nitin Garg, who was stabbed to death in January this
year, sending shock waves back home.
The teenager was arrested by the Victoria police in
the western Melbourne suburb of Yarraville at about 9 am
(local time) today and homicide detectives said he was
expected to be charged with one count of murder.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said detectives had also
spoken to other people in relation to Garg`s murder, and the
investigation is continuing.
The accused is expected to face a Children`s Court
later today, the Victoria police said in a statement.
Garg, 21, was stabbed as he walked through Cruickshank
Park, in Melbourne`s west, on his way to work at a Yarraville
Hungry Jack`s outlet after 9.30 pm on January 2.
After the stabbing Garg staggered to the fast food
outlet, at the corner of Somerville and Geelong roads, and
died a short time later.
He was not robbed and his belongings were left
scattered in the park where he was killed.
The murder came in the midst of a series of attacks on
Indians in Australia that shocked Indians back home.
The issue was taken up by the Indian government at the
highest level with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
condemning the incident and calling for bringing those
responsible to book.
Maintain pressure on offenders: Ravi tells Oz
Expressing satisfaction over the arrest of a teenager in connection with the murder of Indian student Nitin Garg here, Overseas Indian Affairs
Minister Vayalar Ravi today asked Australia to maintain
pressure on offenders and continue with follow up actions.
Ravi, who is in Australia on an official visit, said
attacks against Indian students in Australia have come down
and that it has to be improved further.
"Law and order is a major issue. There has been an
improvement but it has to be further improved and strong
actions must be taken and also follow up actions with regards
to the issue of attacks on Indian students, Ravi, who met with
top officials of the Victoria Government, told PTI.
He said he told officials that "in the name of privacy
the offenders cannot be prevented to know what they have
committed as they were taking shelter under this law."