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Indian student hurt by petrol bomb in Australia

By Chris V. Thangham     May 29, 2009 in Crime
A student suffered burns on up to 30 per cent of his body after a petrol bomb was hurled at his home in Sydney, Australia. This is the third student attacked in less than a week.
Rajesh Kumar, 25, is in Sydney, Australia studying. He was recently hurt while sitting in bed, when someone hurled a petrol bomb at his home.
There was an explosion and fire engulfed him, causing burns on up to 30 per cent of his body. His back and arms were on fire.
His roommate, Arminder Singh, heard him screaming and rushed to him while another roommate, Chander Mohan, also helped him.
Singh grabbed a blanket and covered him quickly. Without that help his burns would have been worse.
Singh told South Asia Times, a local newspaper for the Indian community:
"He was crying, on fire. He lay down on the ground and I put the blanket on him...I told him everything was going to be OK. He was asking: 'Is my face OK?"
Rajesh Kumar is the third Indian student attacked in less than a week. Over the weekend, Shravan Kumar, a 25-year-old student, was stabbed with a screwdriver by a group of teens. Australian doctors are not optimistic about Kumar’s condition. He is the son of poor farmers.
Earlier this week another student, Baljinder Singh, was stabbed by two attackers who also used a screwdriver. He was released from the hospital today. His friend J. Bagpelli, who also was attacked, told AFP:
"They were saying 'Don't touch us you Indians' and 'Indians go home' before they got the screwdriver. I feel lucky to be alive and my friend got poked in the brain."
Singh and Mohan are terrified by the attack and are having difficulty sleeping. They are thinking of moving away from the area.
Singh said Kumar reportedly had no enemies and had not been in any trouble, so they are puzzled by the unprovoked attack.
Singh said so far he has been robbed on the street three times in the last two months.
There are more than 50,000 Indian students in Australia.
Australia's international education sector is the country's third largest export earner, pulling in a whopping $15.5 billion ($12.1 billion US) in 2008.
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