Three men have been charged with the attempted murder of Praveen Reddy, an MBA student, who was critically stabbed on Friday night in Newham.
The Metropolitan Police today told the Press Trust of India that the three are Amareshwar Arava, 25, Sai Kishore Balguri, 25 and Nishanth Puttapaka, 23.
"We are not treating the incident as racially motivated at this time, "a police spokesperson said. The three will appear at the Thames Magistrates' court on Monday, the police said.
Police say Praveen Reddy, 26, was sent to Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel following the incident at an address on Kent Road. Police say he has been admitted to hospital and his condition is said to be critical at the moment. 11 people had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Indian media reported that he was stabbed at a party in Newham in east London on Friday. Police were yet to indicate a motive behind the incident, but unconfirmed reports suggested that a flatmate attacked the victim after a late-night party ended in a brawl.
Reddy was doing his MBA from the London Business School. His father has appealed to the Indian government for a visa to be quickly issued so he can come and see his son.
Scotland Yard had said yesterday that "Seven have been bailed until future dates. Detectives from Newham Borough are investigating," and added that "Police [were] called at 08.23 on Friday, 10 February to Newham General Hospital after a man (Praveen ) in his 20s was admitted suffering from stab wounds." It said the man is believed to have sustained injuries at an address in Kent Street, E13.
London's Indian High Commission officials have been in touch with Scotland Yard and with doctors at Royal London Hospital where Praveen is admitted. "The hospital sent a mail informing that the victim's parents should be there (for consent ) before they perform any surgery," said the victims brother, Jaya Shankar said.