Sydney: A 28-year-old Indian student from Agra is in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times to his face, chest and abdomen in an apparent 'racial attack' in Australia on October 6.
Shubham Garg, who is pursuing PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, was walking at about 10.30 p.m. along the Pacific Highway while returning to his place of residence.
A 27-year-old man Daniel Norwood was arrested at the scene and was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged with one count of attempted murder.
"Reminds me of the unfortunate stabbing resulting in death of a young constituent of mine in Melbourne—Nitin Garg from Jagroan—January 3rd 2010. As an MP from Ludhiana I pursued case & assailant was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Attacks are racial." Said Manish Tewari
"The Indian Consulate in Sydney has provided consular assistance to the individual. The Australian High Commission is assisting with facilitation of a visa for a family member," the Australian High Commission spokesperson said.
Norwood was refused bail when he appeared in Hornsby Local Court. He will remain in custody with the next court appearance on December 14, The Australia Today reported.
Norwood allegedly threatened Garg while demanding cash and his phone. He refused and was allegedly stabbed a number of times in the abdomen before the assailant fled, The Australia Today quoted local media reports as saying
Garg's family called the attack against his son an act of 'racism'. His parents said they were trying to get an Australian visa for over a week but to no avail, according to local media reports.
"My brother Shubham Garg, 28, from Uttar Pradesh, was brutally attacked in Sydney, Australia 11 times with a knife and he is in critical condition. We seek your immediate help in this matter and an emergency visa to family members to look after him," Kavya Garg, the victim's sister, tweeted on October 12.
Meanwhile, Agra DM Navneet Chahal was quoted as saying in the media that the visa application of the victim's brother is under process and the administration is coordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs.
Chahal added that he has contacted embassy officials in Sydney for a visa.