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Indian national, 32, shot dead by Australian police in Sydney after stabbing cleaner

Australia: An Indian citizen was shot dead by the police in Australia. The incident took place near Auburn railway station in Sydney. Australian police said a scavenger was allegedly stabbed and threatened by police officers here by an Indian national, after which retaliatory action was taken. According to the information, the deceased has been identified as Mohammad Rahmatullah Syed Ahmed (32 years), a resident of Tamil Nadu.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Australia: An Indian citizen was shot dead by the police in Australia. The incident took place near Auburn railway station in Sydney. Australian police said a scavenger was allegedly stabbed and threatened by police officers here by an Indian national, after which retaliatory action was taken. At the same time, after this incident, the Consulate General of India has come into action mode and has asked for a full report from Australia in this regard.

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According to the information, the deceased has been identified as Mohammad Rahmatullah Syed Ahmed (32 years), a resident of Tamil Nadu. Ahmed allegedly attacked a 28-year-old cleaner at Auburn railway station in Sydney on Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper quoted police officials as saying. The report said two police officers were leaving the police station when Ahmed tried to attack them, following which the police gave chase.

A police officer fired three shots, two of which hit Ahmad in the chest. A constable also used his Taser on him. He was later taken to a local hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

In the case, police officers are investigating whether Ahmed was mentally unsound, due to which he attacked the cleaners and threatened the police officers. Ahmed had five previous interactions with the police that were unrelated to the crime, the report said. Once there was a talk related to Covid-19. He was living in Australia on bridging visa.

At the same time, the Consulate of India has taken cognizance of the incident and said in a statement – the incident is extremely disturbing and unfortunate. We have formally raised the matter with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New South Wales office as well as state police officers.

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New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said officers had seconds to respond and were left with no choice but to shoot Ahmed. Police said it was painful. This immediate step has been taken. He could attack the officers through the glass doors. He had little time to react. Smith said the counter-terrorism unit would be brought in to assist in the investigation.

Meanwhile, police have spoken to the cleaner, who has been admitted to a local hospital and is said to be in stable condition. Smith said he fell to the ground in the attack, sustaining a wound on his left side.

The Consulate General of India said Ahmed had been identified as a suspect in the Auburn railway station stabbing incident and was providing all possible assistance to the police. The consulate said, “We have sought a full report on the incident of firing on an Indian citizen.”

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