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Cops to leave for Australia to bring back accused

Finally after a month, a team of three officials of commissionerate police is set to leave for Australia to bring Jaskaran Singh Kalsi alias Jassa, a proclaimed offender in the Yannick murder case, on Tuesday morning.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2014 09:42 IST
Jatinder Kohli

Finally after a month, a team of three officials of commissionerate police is set to leave for Australia to bring Jaskaran Singh Kalsi alias Jassa, a proclaimed offender in the Yannick murder case, on Tuesday morning.

Jassa is one of the accused and a proclaimed offender in the murderous attack that left Burundi student Yannick Nihangaza comatose for two years before his death.

A communiqué from the ministry of external affairs reached the commissionerate police in the first week of August this year asking them to send a team of three police officials to Australia to bring Jassa under the Extradition Act.

Jassa, who had flown to Australia on a student visa after the incident, was arrested in New South Wales, Australia, in May this year.

According to details, additional deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Baljit Singh Dhillon, sub inspectors Manmohan Singh and Balwinder Singh will go to Delhi on Tuesday morning and take a flight to Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales.

The team, which is already in contact with New South Wales police through central security agencies, will meet officials at the airport and handover the extradition documents to them.
The team is expected to come back this week with Jassa who will face trail in the case.

Confirming the development, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said a team led by Dhillon along with the sub inspectors would be sent to Australia.Singla said formalities of passport and visas for the team members had been completed and Jassa would be brought to the city this week.

HT has access to documents proving that Australian officer Andrews Aaron Charles had arrested Jassa and an Australian court had denied him bail. He was arrested in May on the request of the Indian government in the Yannick assault case.

On March 18, an Australian capital territory magistrate had issued arrest warrants against Jassa on behalf of India.

However, the police are yet to arrest another proclaimed offender, Rantaj Singh; a resident of Garden colony since incident occurred.

The special investigation team (SIT) formed in the case on July 7 to investigate how one of the main accused, Romy Uppal, fled India is still clueless about his location.SIT has also quizzed Punjabi singer Garry Sandhu, Uppal's friend, for allegedly helping the convict flee the country after jumping parole.