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Police recognised high crime rate against Indians in Australia before public furor

A police chief says police recognised a high crime rate against Indians in Australia’s second largest city before a public furor over the issue created tensions between Australia and India.

Indian students studying in the city of Melbourne have called for more police action after a series of violent crimes against their fellows led elements of the Indian media to brand Australians racist.

Chief Commissioner Simon Overland, chief of the Victoria state police, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio Wednesday police were aware of a crime problem “a long time before it hit the public”.

He said, “There is no question ... Indian students have to a degree been targeted in robberies and that is not OK”.


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