In a significant development into the murderous attack that left Burundi student Yannick Nihangaza comatose for two years until his death recently, a team of police from Jalandhar is set to fly to Australia to bring back Jaskaran Singh Kalsi alias Jassa, one of the proclaimed offenders convicted in this case who has been arrested there after a request from India.
Kalsi had flown to Australia on a student visa after the incident.
A communiqué from the ministry of external affairs reached the commissionerate of police on Wednesday in which it asked the police to send a team of three cops to Australia to ensure Jassa’s extradition. Confirming this, deputy commissioner of police Naveen Singla said a team led by a superintendent of police along with two other senior cops will go. He said formalities of passport and visas for team members would be completed as soon as possible and Jassa would be brought to India “in the next week”.
HT has access to documents showing that Australian police officer Andrews Aaron Charles had arrested Jassa and an Australian court had denied him bail too. It was on March 18 last that an Australian Capital Territory magistrate had issued arrest warrants against Kalsi.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said another proclaimed offender in the case, Rantaj Singh, a resident of Garden Colony here, had also fled India.
The special investigation team (SIT) formed into the case on July 7, to investigate how a main accused, Romy Uppal, fled India, remains about his location. The SIT has quizzed Gurdial Singh of Shala Nagar, Malsian in Jalandhar district, who had deposited `2 lakh for parole of Romy with the district administration on March 5.
The police have already written to the external affairs ministry to get visa details of Romy’s friend, Punjabi singer Garry Sandhu, who allegedly helped him flee the country after jumping parole.
Last October, a fast-track court held seven attackers (Sumit Ralhan, 25; Sahildeep Singh, 21; Amandeep Singh, 24; Ramneet Singh Uppal, 24; Harsh Gosai, 24; Jaswant Singh, 21; and Amanbir Singh Bajwa, 25) guilty of attempt to murder under section 307 of the IPC. Sections 452 (house trespass after preparation for injuring or wrongful restraint), 323 (causing hurt voluntarily), 148 (armed riot), 120-B (criminal conspiracy); and 149 (unlawful assembly) were also applied before putting them in the Kapurthala jail. Murder charges may be added now.