Indian death video ‘emailed by Australian police’

2010-10-09 09:51

Melbourne – Australian police circulated an Internet video of an Indian man being electrocuted on top of a train and joked that it “might be a way to fix the Indian student problem”, a report claimed.

The video shows graphic images of a man being jolted by overhead power lines as onlookers screamed, and did the rounds among Melbourne officers following a series of violent attacks against Indians, the Herald Sun newspaper said.

Comments including “this might be a way to fix the Indian student problem” were added as the video was emailed around, the report said.

“This is completely offensive and contrary to the views and values at the heart of the Victorian community – tolerance and respect,” Victoria state Premier John Brumby was quoted as saying.

Simon Overland, the state’s police chief, described the material as “disturbing, offensive and gross”.

The video was uncovered in a sweeping internal probe into offensive emails launched in March which Overland has acknowledged involves a “large number of police,” including some of senior rank.

Canberra’s ties with New Delhi were strained earlier this year after a wave of violent crimes against Indians, including the fatal stabbing of a man and a number of muggings and beatings.

Victoria police came under fire for their response to the attacks, which prompted a cartoon in Indian media likening the force to the Ku Klux Klan.

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