Indian cabbie attacked with scissors in Australia
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Last Updated: Friday, August 07, 2009, 21:04
Melbourne: An Indian taxi driver was brutally attacked by two men who punched and slashed him with scissors in a robbery attempt in Victoria province, a media report said on Friday even as Australia pledged to ensure safety of Indian students who faced a string of assaults here recently.

The men threatened taxi driver Vadbhag Singh, 24, with scissors inside his taxi in Richmond two weeks ago, demanding cash and a GPS unit from him, police said.

Detective Senior Constable Dean Higgins says the attack lasted for about two minutes, ABC online reported.

"The driver kept driving trying to work his way to the Richmond Police Station, he didn't know the area that well," Higgins said.

"The male in the backseat behind him has constantly hit him, put his finger in his mouth and used what appears to be a pair of scissors, or half a pair of scissors and cut him several times," he said.

Police have released images of the suspects.

Singh says his taxi was not fitted with a security screen at the time of the attack. "I'm still in very much in favour of these screens, although they are very uncomfortable."

The report came even as External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, on a five-day visit to Australia, said he has received assurances at the highest levels in the government that every Indian student in the country would be protected. A series of racially motivated attacks on students here has caused outrage in India.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 07, 2009, 21:04

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