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Assault on Sikh boy in Oz bus echoes in RS

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member in Rajya Sabha on Friday raised the issue of a 13-year-old Sikh boy being mocked and assaulted in a Melbourne bus and asked the government to take up the matter with its Australian counterpart.

“India should ensure the guarantee of the safety of Punjabis, Sikhs and Indians from the Australian government, so that such incidents do not recur. This is an issue where immediate action is required,” Avinash Rai Khanna said during Zero Hour.

Such incidents keep happening and would not stop till strict action is taken against the culprits, he said amid slogan-shouting by Opposition members in the Well over the government’s alleged interference in the affairs of Aligarh Muslim University.

Harjeet Singh was riding a suburban bus home when three persons, believed to be in their late teens, assaulted and mocked him. He was also allegedly threatened that he would be stabbed and had his turban pulled off in the hate attack, the Herald Sun has reported.

BJP’s Tarun Vijay raised the issue of nine tribal youths being allegedly shot by the police in Manipur last year, while protesting against three Bills passed by the state Assembly “without any discussion” and without any consultations with stakeholders and tribal bodies.

“All they (tribal people) want is to live within the constitutional framework of India. They are Jai Hind people of Manipur,” he said. 
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