Australia's top diplomat in India has been summoned by the Indian government over a new incident of alleged racism against Indian students, according to news reports.
Peter Varghese, Australia's High Commissioner in New Delhi, was summoned by the Indian Foreign Office to explain reports that police in the state of Victoria wrote emails mocking a video showing an Indian man being electrocuted while riding on the roof of a train in India, dpa reported.
Two junior Victorian police officers allegedly posted a message on the internal police internet suggesting "this might be a way to fix the Indian student problem."
The incident raised fresh concerns in India after Indian students faced a series of racist attacks in Melbourne last year.
Indian officials told Varghese that "such an entrenched bias among sections of law enforcers towards the Indian community is a matter of serious concern," The Age newspaper reported Sunday.
Varghese apologised to the Indian government and said Australia condemned the behaviour of the police officers.
Victoria police said the remarks were offensive and the officers faced disciplinary action.