Australia sacks four cops, demotes one for racial slur on Indians

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Melbourne, Oct 10 (ANI): Heeding to India's demands of strict action against Victorian Police officers involved in curculating a racist email video, Australian authorities have sacked four officers and demoted one.

After a series of attacks on Indian students in Australia, a racist e-mail scandal has broken out showing Victoria Police officers joking about a video, which shows an Indian passenger on the roof of a train getting electrocuted as he touches the high-tension wires.

According to the Herald Sun, the police officers have been implicated for circulating a video of an Indian man getting electrocuted while sitting on top of a train and joking that it could be a way to fix Melbourne's Indian student problem.

Another five Victoria Police officers have been fined up to 3000 dollars and placed on 12 month good behaviour bonds for taking part in the circulation of the unsavoury material.

Victoria Police said on Saturday it would resume disciplinary hearings this week into the circulation of pornographic and racist emails within the force.

Two officers quit rather than face the secret hearings.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had expressed shock over the circulation of a racist email targeting Indians, and asked the Australian authorities to take strict action against the culprits.

"Implication of officers in such behavior, specially vis-'-vis Indian community is shocking and a matter of grave concern, such attitudes have no place in any society," Krishna told reporters on Saturday.

The Indian Foreign Office has summoned the Australian High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, over racist emails circulated by Victorian police officers.

A strongly worded statement issued by Delhi's external affairs ministry underscored how seriously the Indian government has taken the issue.

"Such behaviour and attitudes had no place in any society. It was hoped that the Australian authorities would take necessary and effective measures to address concerns regarding the safety of all people of Indian origin in Australia," the statement said. (ANI)

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