Announcing financial relief of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of two youths killed in Australia, the Punjab government said on Monday that the Centre should constantly put pressure on that country to ensure safety and security of all Indians there.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had given ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of Nitin Garg and Ranjot Singh, hailing from Punjab, who were killed in Australia last week, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh.
He said Badal had already requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the matter with Australia relating to safety and security of Indian students pursuing higher studies there.
Offering his condolences to the bereaved families, the Chief Minister assured them his government would impress upon the Centre to put constant pressure on Australia to ensure the safety of Indians in general and the Punjabis in particular.
Badal hoped the authorities there would take tangible steps in this regard, the spokesman said.