Melbourne: In an apparent racist attack, an Indian restaurant owner was allegedly beaten up and verbally abused by a group of teenagers in Australia's Ballarat near Melbourne.
22-year-old Himanshu Goyal was allegedly assaulted while closing his Bridge Mall eatery about 9.30 pm on Friday when eight teenagers shouted racial abuse at him while another in the group punched him on face.
Ballarat Police official Matt Hayes said the incident was being investigated and police was viewing CCTV footage and hoped to track down the attackers soon, according to local media report.
Ballart mayor John Burt met Goyal today at the local hospital and vowed to hunt down the accused.
"Ballarat is a city that prides itself on being welcoming of all and I am disgusted that this type of attack has occurred," Burt said, referring to the attack which left Goyal with multiple fractures to his jaw.
"I am horrified and disgusted that this type of attack has occurred," Burt said, adding "On behalf of everyone in this city I want to express our sincere apology that this has happened to you."