Yannick murder: Green card lands Jassa in police net

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 09:52 IST

The application of green card by proclaimed offender Jaskaran Singh Kalsi alias Jassa landed him in the net of Australian police in March this year and finally in the net of Jalandhar commissionerate police after 29 months of the murderous attack on Burundi national Yannick.

In the preliminary investigation by senior officials of the city police it has come to the fore that Jassa had married an Australian doctor this year and had applied for a green card for which he had sent his documents to authorities concerned in the Australian government.

A senior official of the city police claimed that when the branch concerned of marriage registration in Australia checked records, Jassa's name was found in the list of names which were sent by the Indian government for extradition under the Extradition Act.

He said Jassa had gone to Australia on a student visa the very next day of the incident and joined business management course in a local college. He had started working as a part-time truck driver.
Jassa was arrested in New South Wales by Australian police officer Andrews Aaron Charles in May this year and an Australian court had denied him bail. On March 18 this year, an Australian Capital Territory magistrate had issued arrest warrants against him on behalf of India.

The official further added that Jassa had also gone to Australia four years ago, before the incident on April 21, 2012, and his friends had organised a party on that day.

Claiming to be innocent, Jassa apparently told the police that when he reached the spot of the incident, the brawl between his friends and Yannick, along with another African citizen, was almost over and he was only sitting in his car.

Jassa said he was afraid and thus flew to Australia the next morning on a student visa.

On Tuesday afternoon, a police team led by assistant commissioner of police (Model Town) BIS Kahlon produced him in a local court and demanded three day remand but court sent him two-day police remand.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of police Naveen Singla said a fresh trial will be run against Jassa in the same case in which seven youths got a 10-year jail sentence for attempt to murder.

When asked why murder charges had not been added even after the death of the victim Yannick, he said police had not received any formal communication from any authority including Yaanick's family, Burundi government or the state government.

Singla further added that police were yet to interrogate Jassa properly and also quiz him about Rantaj Singh, another proclaimed offender in the case who is underground since the incident and Romy Uppal who had jumped parole.

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