Germany vows to probe attack against Indians

Senior German officials promised on Tuesday that they would try their best to probe the attack against Indians in the Eastern German town of Muegeln last Saturday.

Germany vows to probe attack against Indians
Senior German officials promised on Tuesday that they would try their best to probe the attack against Indians in the Eastern German town of Muegeln last Saturday.

The pledge was made to Ambassador Meera Shankar after she voiced concern over the incident and called for steps to be taken to ensure there was no repetition of such violence against her countrymen, German news agency DPA reported.

The government of the eastern German state of Saxony, where Saturday night's attack took place, told the diplomat it wanted to see the matter cleared up, a spokeswoman said.

Chancellory Minister Hermann Winkler told Shankar in a telephone conversation that he shared her concern but that the Indians could feel safe after the police presence in the town had been stepped up.

According to DPA, an Indian diplomat was being sent to the town in Saxony to speak to the victims and discuss the security situation with officials in the area.

Police stepped up their presence in Muegeln on Tuesday and continued questioning potential witnesses in a bid to track down those involved in the attack at a town festival.

Following a scuffle in a beer tent, a band of about 50 German youths chased the Indians across the town square, shouting "foreigners out."

When the Indians sought shelter in an Indian-owned pizzeria, the mob kicked down the doors and vandalized the owner's car before police arrived and dispersed the attackers.

The Indians, one of whom has lived in the town for five years, suffered facial cuts and severe bruising in the attack, which experts said was racially motivated.

Some 45,000 Indians are residing in Germany. Many were educated here and have settled down and started families,

The assault revived the debate about right-wing extremism in Germany, particularly the eastern states which were reunified with West Germany in 1990.

Saxony is a stronghold of the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party, which polled 9 percent in a state election in 2004 and now sits in the state parliament in Dresden.


Agencies
Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2007, 15:24
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