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Indian toddler's death: Parents view body for first time

world Updated: Mar 06, 2010 10:43 IST

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Grieving parents of the 3-year-old Indian boy, who died in mysterious circumstances in Melbourne, for the first time viewed the body of the toddler at a city morgue on Saturday, two days after it was found in a suburban area.

Harpreet Kaur Channa and her husband Harjit Singh Channa were taken to the Coroner's Court at 11 am local time to see the body of their child Gurshan, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV) President, Vasan Srinivas, told PTI.

The couple, who were interrogated on Friday by Victorian police for five hours in connection with the death of the child, were accompanied by Indian consulate officials to the morgue.

They spent an hour with the body of their child, local media reports said.

The couple were taken to the Coroner's Court from a relative's home in the Melbourne suburb of Thomastown.

Vasan said that FIAV, along with Indian authorities here, has offered to financially support the family to arrange for the cremation.

"FIAV has extended all financial help to the family to arrange for cremation and also any other possible help needed this time, including refund of the fee of the cookery course which toddler's mother was pursuing here," he said.

Meanwhile, homicide detectives continued their probe into the death.