Slain punjab boy may be target of Oz hate groups
Nitin Garg, 22, was a regular on the social networking site Facebook and condemned “hate groups” raving about race attacks on Asians, his friends told HT on phone from Australia, rousing suspicion that he may have been hunted down for reprisal. Amit Sharma reports...india Updated: Jan 03, 2010 23:55 IST
Nitin Garg, 22, was a regular on the social networking site Facebook and condemned “hate groups” raving about race attacks on Asians, his friends told HT on phone from Australia, rousing suspicion that he may have been hunted down for reprisal.
His family in Jagraon said they received a call from his roommate around 8 p.m. on Saturday night and were told that Nitin had sustained grievous injuries and was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
“A few hours later, we were informed about his death,” said Parveen Garg, Nitin’s mother.
The family was told that after the attack, Nitin managed to reach Hungry Jack’s, the eatery in West Footscray where he worked, and was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he died.
“Whatever the Australian government ... might have to say, we firmly believe that our boy was the victim of a race attack,” the mother said, recalling her conversations with her deceased son, who returned to Australia recently.
Nitin’s friends in Australia corroborated her version and said that there was “no reason” for animosity with Nitin.
“Though Nitin never participated in rallies or protests against the race attacks, the vituperative blogs and graffiti left him perturbed. He even started discussion threads on the topic,” Nitin’s friend, who did not want to be quoted, told HT.
His family said Nitin had migrated to Australia three years ago and was studying accounts at a Melbourne college. “Nitin planned to return to India. He never wanted to settle abroad. We have a business here and he was very inclined to join us. He was just waiting to complete his course,” his brother said.
Family writes to PM
Nitin’s family has written to the Prime Minister, requesting his office to help them bring back their son’s body home.
“We do not know how to go about doing that. We haven’t been approached by the government and do not know whom to contact,” said Nitin’s mother.