The 20-year-old Amrit Pal Singh from Haryana was assaulted near a McDonald's outlet where he was working part-time.
"One of the guys came to me and took off my mobile. When I asked him to please give me my mobile back, he gave me a punch on my face. I also gave a punch to him. Following which, his four friends came and started beating me. I have told the police about the incident. One of the attackers took out a knife to hit me but I escaped as it hit my bag," he was quoted as saying in a new agency report.
Amrit was pursuing a course in community welfare from the Caps Institute of Management.
This news comes despite the Australian government, including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, vowing to take all steps to prevent such incidents.