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'Don’t give visas if you can’t give security'

india Updated: Jan 10, 2010 23:34 IST
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The family of Jaspreet Singh, 29, who is in a Melbourne hospital after being set on fire on Saturday, is upset with the Australian government.

Family members said that if the Australian government could not provide security to Indians living in that country, there was no point in giving them visas.

Jaspreet Singh’s family lives in a village in Haryana’s Yamunanagar district, 105 km southeast of Chandigarh. Jaspreet drives a taxi in Melbourne and his wife is pursuing a diploma course.

This is the third time that a person from the Yamunanagar region has been attacked in Australia. The other two attacks took place a year ago.

Jaspreet had gone to Australia with his wife, Paramjeet Kaur, and son, Jasanjot, in July 2007.

His elder brother, Balwinder Singh, said he had called from Melbourne saying he would arrive in India on January 26, and the family should be in Delhi to receive him.

Four persons in Melbourne set Jaspreet on fire after pouring an inflammable substance on him. His family said he suffered 20 per cent burns on his chest, arms and face.

The surgery took six hours and all expenses were borne by his family.

Jaspreet had sent his son to India after a five-month stay in Australia due to the insecure situation there. He studies in Saraswati Senior Secondary School in Yamunanagar.

The body of 21-year-old Nitin Garg, who was stabbed to death in Melbourne on January 3, was cremated in a village 48 km west of Ludhiana on Sunday.

Speaking at the funeral, Tim Huggins, first secretary in the Australian High Commission, said, “We offer our condolences to the Garg family on behalf of the Australian government and people.”