Recently, the Daily Telegraph of 15 June 2007 carried a
report about assaults and robberies against members of the
Indian community, including students, in the Harris Park
area. The Consul General of India, Mr. Sujan R.Chinoy, had
taken up the matter with the NSW Government at the highest
level. In his letter dated June 18 to the Hon Morris Iemma,
MP, Premier of NSW, the Consul General had expressed deep
concern regarding the safety and security of the Indian
community, particularly the students, and had urged the
Premier to look into the matter and direct the concerned
police authorities to take necessary and appropriate steps
to put a halt to these incidents and to assuage the feelings
of deep anxiety on the part of the affected persons.
In his reply to the Consul General dated
29 June 2007, Premier Morris Iemma has also expressed concern
and sought the urgent advice of the Minister for Police,
the Hon D.A.Campbell. He has assured the Consul General
of India that the NSW Police Force is working hard to reduce
street robberies in the Harris Park area. A special taskforce,
Operation Dale, has been set up to tackle the problem with
intensive, high-visibility policing and targeted investigations.
The Premier has added that Operation Dale has already resulted
in a number of arrests. A copy of
the Premier’s letter is attached*click
here. The Consulate
General of India continues to work closely with the local
authorities and community organisations. The Consulate General
of India would like to encourage members of the Indian community
to report such incidents to the police and to the Consulate.
Last year, the Consul General had similarly
taken up with the Premier the spate of assaults and robberies
in the Harris Park and Parramatta suburbs of Sydney in which
a number of Indian students had been affected.
The Consul General of India Mr.Sujan R.
Chinoy has also taken up with the NSW government authorities
the incident of 31 March 2007, reported in The Sunday Telegraph
of 1 July 2007, involving disrespect shown to the Sikh turban.
The Consul General has pointed out that the turban is a
fundamental part of the Sikh faith, to which is attached
great religious significance. He has emphasised that the
incident has hurt the feelings of many members of the Indian
community, who regard it as an affront to their honour,
dignity and faith. The Consul General has asked that the
concerned police authorities act against the individuals
responsible for the incident and also take appropriate steps
to sensitise all concerned about the significance of the
turban in the Sikh faith. He has expressed the hope that
this would prevent any acts that violate the honour and
dignity of the Sikh faith.