Two men believed to be employed by an Indian-born contract worker found stabbed and burnt in rural NSW have had their passports seized at Sydney Airport, Fairfax reports.
Ranjodh Singh’s partially burnt body was found beside Wilga Road, Willbriggie, in the Riverina area of south-west NSW on December 29.
The 25-year-old seasonal worker had been living in Wagga Wagga and was visiting Griffith at the time of his death.
Two men, believed to be Indian seasonal workers employed by Mr Singh, were arrested at Sydney airport’s departure lounge last Monday as they were about to board a flight to Nepal via Singapore, Fairfax reported.
The pair were questioned at Mascot police station but were later released without charge after being forced to hand in their passports.
Detectives believe Mr Singh may have been murdered in a fight over unpaid wages at a Christmas party two days before his murder.
A post-mortem examination revealed his throat had been slashed and he had suffered multiple stab wounds before being bound and then set alight in an effort to conceal his identity, Fairfax reported.
Police are appealing for public help to identify a distinctive red 1996 Ford Falcon that was seen in the Griffith and Wagga Wagga areas around the time of Mr Singh’s death.
See my earlier entry Nothing much to add to last year’s posts on Indian students and Australia. This is not to deny that the perpetrators of quite a number of the inner-city bashings and murders are quite probably racist individuals. My point, again, is to assert that Australians on the whole are no more racist than anyone else, and possibly less so than quite a few places.
Nicholas Gruen adds another dimension in Vigilance against violence.
Down here in Victoria (well I’m not there right now but will return in late Jan) things have turned nasty as the Indian Government keeps pointing out when we kill another Indian.
I’m not as concerned as some other people as to whether it’s racially based violence. It’s violence. We need to act. Most readers will have had experiences similar to the one that Tim Watts has just broadcast on Facebook. It infuriates me when a whole tram full of people sit quietly by while some nutter intimidates us all – mixing it with bold racism makes it even worse. Anyway, since I’ve been part of the cowed masses, what to do? Well Tim’s proposing something after he gets his story off his chest…
See also Problem ownership and Indian students – it’s time to draw the line – Jim Belshaw.