Six arrested for attack on tourists in India

JAIPUR, India - Six people, including a minor, were arrested Tuesday for attacking a group of tourists in western Rajasthan state, police said.

A British and an American man plus two women from Spain and Turkey were attacked with stones by a gang when they tried to resist being mugged of their belongings late Monday.

One of the women's clothes was also ripped during the assault that happened near Pushkar city, some 150 kilometres (94 miles) from the state capital Jaipur.

Ajmer police chief Nitin Deep Blaggan said the assailants were drunk and were trying to stalk the group, but attacked them when they were confronted by the foreigners.

"The accused hit him (one of the tourists) with stones and they dragged one of the women and tore her clothes," Blaggan told AFP.

He said the tourists managed to flee, adding that one of the injured tourists was under observation in a private hospital.

Police have charged the six accused with attempted murder, molestation and robbery, and recovered the stolen belongings from their possession.

Last year a young Japanese woman was raped and assaulted by a local tourist guide in Jaipur raising safety concerns for foreigners in the desert state.

Rajasthan draws hundreds of thousands of tourists every year from across the world to its palaces and forts built by the former Maharaja rulers.

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