Federation of Indian Associations of NSW is very concerned about spate of serious attacks on Indian businesses in Harris Park over the last few months.
Billu’s Eatery in Harris Park was attacked on August 25 with a bullet fired at the window . This is the 4th in the series of serious crime, targeted at businesses in Harris Park. People were lucky that the bullet did not hit anyone.
“Businesses are very concerned about such attacks. These attacks are affecting them in multiple ways. Indian Australian community is equally concerned about such crimes,” said FIAN President Yadu Singh.
“There are strong rumours, although not confirmed, that some people of criminal background are targeting Indian businesses with the purpose to intimidate and bully them to facilitate “Hafta” (Extortion of weekly money) collection. This practice is common in South Asia, but must not be allowed in Sydney.”
“Businesses do not need or deserve to be intimidated, fired at, or harmed. They have all the rights to conduct their businesses without intimidation from anyone. Businesses are already struggling and such activities are the last thing they need.”
“We urge NSW Police, Police minister and Premier, Mike Baird, to do everything to get to the bottom of this whole thing in Harris Park and get the culprits out of action.”
“Parramatta Council and Parramatta Police Local Area Command should also organise a security and safety review of Harris Park area urgently and fix the short comings found after the review.”
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