authorities had already planned his deportation to India
A 37-year old Indian man has been brutally beaten to death by two Indian nationals on Monday, January 25, 2021, in Arzignano, in the province of Vicenza, Italy.
A passerby found the man in a pool of blood in the street, outside a local factory at around 10:30 pm.
He was rushed to the hospital but died a few hours later from major injuries.
The victim suffered numerous wounds but a deep wound on the head may have been the cause of his death.
The suspects, who are of Indian origin too, are currently under police arrest. The pair were caught with the victim on CCTV shortly before the fight, and all three were very drunk, police said.
The motive is not clear yet, but further investigations are being carried out and the autopsy will shed light on the incident.
The Indian man, whose name is unknown, was already sanctioned for drunkenness and for violating the curfew order in Italy, which prohibits people from being outdoors after 10:00 pm, the police reported.
The victim is said to have arrived in Italy a few years ago, but was homeless and living in a caravan with other people, most likely other Indians.
Due to his precarious condition and alcohol abuse, authorities had already planned his deportation to India, but Covid-19 slowed the process down, postponing the man’s deportation.
This is not the first crime involving an Indian citizen in Italy, as, after the UK, Italy hosts the biggest Indian diaspora in Europe.
This is not the first crime involving an Indian citizen in Italy.
In 2020, the total number of Indians in Italy crossed 200.000, becoming the sixth biggest community in Italy.
The biggest Indian communities can be found in northern and central Italy, in large cities like Rome, Florence, Milan, Turin, Bologna and Parma.
The mass immigration from India to Italy started in the 1990s when the government tried to attract Indian professionals and engineers to contribute to the Italian tech industry.
Instead, many arrived and started to work in the food and retail sector, or opened up their own businesses.
Recent statistics show that most Indian men work in agriculture, especially in the livestock and dairy industries. For instance, 60% of the workers in the Parmesan industry are Sikh.
At present many South Asian immigrants live in precarious conditions and are often undocumented.
Punjabi Indians, especially those working as labourers, are often exploited and underpaid, barely earning 3 to 4 euros per hour.
Many Punjabis even take the difficult decision to cut their hair short and remove their turban to fit in better.