Indian trying to save a compatriot attacked in Oz

An Indian student was attacked by six youths here resulting in serious facial injuries after he got involved in a brawl trying to save a compatriot from being beaten up in Australia.

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 17:23 PM IST

Melbourne: An Indian student was attacked by
six youths here resulting in serious facial injuries after he
got involved in a brawl trying to save a compatriot from being
beaten up, the latest in a series of assaults on the community
in Australia.

24-year-old Bharat Thapar is awaiting surgery in a local
hospital following the last night incident which took place in
a Melbourne suburb.

Thapar saw another Indian, Ratan, being bashed up last
night near Carnish Road in Oakleigh South, Sumeet, a friend of
the victim, said. "He stopped his car and came out to stop the
fight. But the youths instead took on him."

"Bharat has received some serious face injuries and he is
now waiting for a surgery as advised by doctors in Monash
Hospital where he is admitted to," Sumeet said.

Sumeet said that Thapar appears to have suffered multiple
fractures in jaw which doctors intend to operate on as early
as possible.

While police arrived on the scene and called an ambulance
for the victim, they allowed the attackers to leave, he said.

Thapar moved to Australia three years ago from Panipat in
Haryana.

The last night attack on Thapar is the latest in a slew
of assaults against Indians in Australia, mostly in Melbourne.

More than 100 attacks have been reported against Indians
in this country since June last year.

PTI