Welcoming the arrest of the son of a Punjab superintendent of police in the case of assault on an African student in Jalandhar, the victim's father has alleged that it was the reason why the local police had delayed the inquiry.
"From day one, we have been pleading with the authorities that the police are unnecessarily delaying the investigation. Till now, the inquiry into the case was routine. But now, we hope to get justice," said, Nestor Ntibateganya, father of Yannick Nihangaza, 23, who is undergoing treatment at Columbia Asia Hospital in Patiala.
He demanded that the parents of the accused should also be interrogated as they must be in the know of things and the reason behind the attack.
Deogratias, a cousin of Yannick, said it was shameful that the police were trying to protect one of the accused as his father was a police official.
"To make the investigation effective, we demand interrogation of the police officials responsible for the delay. Also, other high-profile students could have been involved," he said.
Meanwhile, following orders from the chief minister, the medical board constituted by the state government to examine Yannick has recommended shifting him to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
The panel, comprising local civil surgeon Dr VS Mohi, local medical college professors Dr Harnam Singh Rekhi and Dr Harcharan Singh and Columbia Asia Hospital neuro-surgeon Dr Arvind Malhotra, said there was a minor improvement in Yannick's condition.
"Since his blood pressure, pulse, chest and abdomen are stable now, he can be shifted to a tertiary care institute, such as the PGI, for better medical care," said the panel report submitted to the director, health services.
"He is insensitive to outside movement. He can see, but there is no movement of the eyeballs. He is being fed by nasogastric tube," the civil surgeon told Hindustan Times.
"We will look into the recommendations of the medical board about shifting him to Chandigarh and will decide after a discussion with the Burundi High Commissioner in India," Ntibateganya said.
The family said they might consider shifting Yannick to New Delhi as travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh and Patiala was hectic for those of the family coming to see him from Burundi.