Police team meets Indian community members over Sydney stabbing

SYDNEY: Parramatta Local Area Commander Wayne Cox held a community meeting with Indian community representatives at the Parramatta Police station on Friday.

Senior officers from the police department joining the meeting included Mohi Kumar, director public prosecutions; Rachna Malik, multicultural liaison officer, Flemington, Siu L Clorinda Lee, multicultural media liaison officer, Parramatta and Tarek Al Issawi, multicultural media liaison officer, Parramatta. John Kennedy, Stanley D’Cruz, Vish Viswanathan, Sree Kuchi and this correspondent represented the Indian community associations.

Police Commander Wayne Cox apprised about the progress of the investigation of the brutal murder of Indian national Prabha Arun Kumar, who was here on work visa, on March 8 at Parramatta Park.

He informed that the investigation is taking place on a priority basis using the best resources and comprising a team of high-profile detectives from the local area command. A range of issues are being looked into, he assured.

There is no evidence suggesting sexual assault and racial intent in the crime but the case se is difficult & complex and the police is investigating it from various angles, the police officers said.

The police are seeking community support and understanding, requesting members of the public to come forward to provide clues and leads to Crime Stoppers (Phone 1800 333 000).

The police department has another meeting lined up with Scott Lloyd, Lord Mayor of Parramatta Council, Geoff Lee, Member of Parliament representing Parramatta and authorities of Parramatta Park Trust vis-a-vis probing the case and conducting a security audit of the area.

Investigation officer Wayne Cox has recently taught for a month at a police training camp in Hyderabad, India as part of a joint project between Charles Sturt University, New South Wales Police and the Indian Police Academy and is familiar with the cultural sensitivities of the Indian policing system.


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