Partially Burnt Body Found in Australia Is of Indian National: Report

In what could be the second Indian fatality in a week in Australia, the partially-burnt body found in New South Wales province last week is believed to be of a 25-year old Indian national, said police on Tuesday.

According to an ABC report, the body that was found on a roadside near Griffith last week is yet be identified, but police believe it to be that of an Indian man.

Authorities in Australian are in touch with the man’s family in India and the Indian Consulate to help with identification.

Report said that as a part of probe into the death, detectives from State Crime Command will assist local authorities in a search of the Willbriggie area where the body was found.

On Saturday, Nitin Garg, a 21-year-old Indian was stabbed to death in Melbourne, becoming the first casualty of the last week.

A union organiser at Griffith said that he has heard of serious assaults in Willbriggie, said report.
Harry Goring from Australian Workers Union said that he was aware of unpaid labourers taking matters into their own hands. Police, however, did not say if they were investigating claims that the man owed money to harvest labourers.

“Over last 12 months there’s been two assaults around that area, people endeavouring to retrieve money for labour,” Goring said, adding: “I’m not saying for a moment that it’s this with this man, but there have been a number of fracas in relation to Indian people pursuing certain individuals.”

Goring said that action is needed to ensure legal processes are followed by contractors.

“From Centrelink to Immigration, Fair Work, Workcover, we all need to do a sustained effort to fix this problem,” he said.

Goring said there has been a huge increase in contract labour, particularly Indian students, and many are being ripped off.

“It’s a weekly occurrence. We don’t hear about the one and two’s that are happening. It only becomes sensational when a large group gets ripped off,” he said.

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