Indians retreat from racism claim

Paul Maley & Jodie Minus 6/1/10

The Indian government and student groups have backed away from claims that the murder of Nitin Garg was racially motivated, as police continued to comb a park in Melbourne’s west for evidence that may lead them to the killer. A second sweep of Yarraville’s Cruickshank Park, where Garg was fatally stabbed on Saturday night as he was walking to work at a nearby fast-food restaurant, yesterday recovered two “items of interest” but no murder weapon. India’s deputy high commissioner in Canberra, V.K. Sharma, said Indian diplomatic officials had conveyed New Delhi’s concern about the latest attack on an Australian-based national to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr Sharma said India had asked Australia to do all it could to prevent assaults on Indians and bring the culprits of Saturday’s attack to justice. But he said “nobody knows” if attacks on Indians were racially motivated.