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Tit for tat: Indians bash up two Australians

October 05, 2009 09:31 IST

Two Australians, who allegedly abused a group of Indians and vandalised their car, were bashed up, the police said on Monday.

The incident took place at a carpark outside Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium at Epping in Melbourne when a local skateboarder damaged the rear window of a car belonging to an Indian.

The skateboarder also used the abusive language against some Indians who were coming out of the stadium where a kabaddi match ended last night.

"Associates of the people, whose car was damaged, came to their assistance. Two men were assaulted and hit with sticks in the brawl. These two injured men were from the group outside who had allegedly started to verbally abuse the people from the vehicle," police said in a statement.

The two men, aged 25 and 42, were taken to Northern Hospital with minor injuries, they said. However, no arrests have been made and the incident was under investigations, police told PTI.

"A lot of people were leaving, the presentations were on at the time, I spoke to one of the boys that was there and he said a guy had smashed the rear window of a car that was leaving," Councillor from the City of Darebin Tim Singh, who was present at the medal presentations ceremony for kabaddi tournament, was quoted as saying by the media. 

Singh said that the guy also made some racial comment following which the clash broke out between the two groups.

Meanwhile, another report quoted police officer Mark Doney as saying that the incident occurred when contestants of the team began to leave the venue.

"One of the youths there tried to get in the way of the cars and yelled out a bit of abuse at people. Obviously, push has come to shove and he smashed the panel of the side window of the car with the skateboard. It has escalated from there as some of his mates have come down the skatepark. A couple more were assaulted," he said.

Inspector Doney said the injured men hadn't pressed charges. "We don't have a complaint of assault from them," he said.

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