Melbourne: A second Australian teenager was charged on Friday over the murder of Indian student Nitin Garg, the most serious in a wave of violent crimes which strained ties with New Delhi.
Garg, 21, was attacked as he walked through parkland on his way to work at a Melbourne burger restaurant on January 2. He managed to stagger to his workplace before collapsing and dying of stab wounds.
Police said a 16-year-old boy had been charged with accessory to the killing, a day after another teenager aged 15 appeared in court charged with Garg`s murder.
"A 16-year-old male from Yarraville has been charged with accessory to murder and has been bailed to appear at a Children`s Court at a date to be set," police said.
Garg`s murder came after a string of attacks on Indian nationals, who have arrived in increasing numbers attracted by Australia`s burgeoning overseas education sector and the prospect of gaining a permanent visa.
Australia and India both condemned Garg`s killing, with Delhi describing it as a "heinous crime on humanity" and "an uncivilised brutal attack on innocent Indians".
Hundreds of muggings and beatings, accompanied by migration scams and colleges charging for substandard courses, prompted street protests by Indians in Melbourne and Sydney last year.
The attacks were also greeted with outrage by India`s media, with one newspaper cartoon comparing Australian police to the racist Ku Klux Klan for its handling of the Garg case.