The Punjab government will bear all expenses for transporting African student, Yannick Nihangaza (23), to Burundi. Yannick, a BSc (computer sciences) student at Lovely Professional University (LPU), has been in coma at a private hospital in Patiala, after three unidentified persons thrashed him outside his rented accommodation in Dashmesh Nagar on April 21 this year.
Principal secretary home affairs and justice DS Bains announced the decision at a press conference in the city on Friday. "Yannick's father wants to shift his son to Burundi. The chief minister has decided that the government will meet all expenses for his transportation."
He added that Yannick will be taken to New Delhi in an air-ambulance and will then be put on a commercial flight to Burundi. The date of departure has been left to the discretion of doctors.
The government will also supply life-support medical equipment, including a ventilator to Yannick. There are also plans to send a nursing team to Burundi to train nurses.
Bains added that he had attended a function at the LPU on Friday and the vice-chancellor Ashok Mittal had handed him a cheque of Rs. 6 lakh for Yannick.
"I appeal to students as well as people in general to extend help," Bains added.
He justified the suspension of SP Dharam Singh Uppal, father of one of the accused Romi Uppal, in the case. He stated that an inquiry had revealed that Uppal was using his official position to influence witnesses. He added that the Australian High Commission had been approached to extradite one of the accused who had escaped to Australia.