A relative of two Australian teenagers who were bashed by a group of Indians for allegedly hurling racial abuses has denied any race angle to the brawl and claimed that he himself was beaten up after he tried to intervene to sort out the matter.
The uncle of the two skaters who allegedly passed racist comments and broke the car window of the Indian participants of a kabaddi competition,has denied the fight was race-related and accused the men of beating up children,according to ‘The Age’.
The report quoted Daniel as saying that he did not hear any racist remarks made after he arrived but he had heard that a car had been damaged.
“I never heard none of it when I was there,” he said adding “That’s not to say another kid didn’t do it but I tell you my nephews didn’t … they’re not those kind of kids,they’re not louts. We didn’t go there to punch heads,we went there to find out who hit my nephew.”
Daniel,who did not want his surname published,told the daily that he had been at his brother-in-law’s home when his nephews,aged 10 and 16,called for help.
The report said that at the scene,the 16-year-old showed them welt marks where he had been hit with a club lock.
“My brother-in-law,whose son it was,just freaked out and walked over (to the wrestlers) and I came over with him,” Daniel said adding “He said ‘who’s f—— hit him’ and they just all got out and gave it to us with weapons and bats and club locks.”
The 25-year old Daniel said he was punched and kicked by up to 200 men,some armed with steering wheel club locks and metal bars.
He and his 42-year-old brother-in-law were taken to the Northern Hospital and suffered a broken toe and broken shoulder blade respectively. The two remained battered and bruised and would have to take a week off work,he said.
He said the group of skaters,who clashed with the tournament attendees,were aged between 10 and 16 and numbered about 25.
Meanwhile,a Victoria Police spokeswoman said she did not believe any children or young teenagers were involved in the incident and could not confirm the age of the skater believed to have started the dispute.
The spokeswoman said sticks were used during the brawl but she did not know if any other weapons had been involved or recovered by police from the scene.
She said police were still investigating and would be following “all avenues”. Police will also investigate whether racist comments had initiated the dispute.
Daniel said he had contacted police to make a statement but was told they would not be able to speak to him until later in the week.
“I just got my head punched in for sticking up for my nephews,” he said.