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Burundi youth will get justice at all cost: Punjab govt

The Punjab government today swung into action and announced all help to the family of the assaulted Burundi youth who has been in coma since April and assured stern action against all accused. Rajeev Bhaskar reports. Father seeks help

punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2012 22:01 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar
Rajeev Bhaskar
Hindustan Times

The Punjab government on Friday swung into action and announced all help to the family of the assaulted Burundi youth who has been in coma since April and assured stern action against all accused, irrespective of their stature.

"I have come to know from the media that Nestor Ntibateganya, father of the 24-year-old ailing foreign student Yannick Nizhanga has sought help from the state government. Hence, I instructed the chief secretary Rakesh Singh to immediately get in touch with Nestor and provide every needed help to him", Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir told Hindustan Times.

Even the director general of Police (DGP) has been instructed to probe the incident in a threadbare manner and book the accused, Sukhbir said. He has issued instructions to police commissioner Gaurav Yadav to deal with the case on priority.

However, Sukhbir ruled out that the attack was "a racist act" and said that it was a scuffle between the two groups on some minor issue. "It should not be seen as a racial attack. Punjabis never indulged in such incidents."

Yannick Nihangaza (24), a Burundi national is battling for life at Columbia Asia Hospital in Patiala and is in coma since he was assaulted by a group of youngsters. The police is yet to arrest one of the three accused in this case.

On April 21 this year, Yannick a student of B.Sc. Computers, first year at Lovely Professional University (LPU), was brutally beaten up by three unidentified persons outside his rented accommodation in Dashmesh Nagar, when he was celebrating birthday party of one of his country mate Astro, also a student in LPU.

Based on complaint by auto-rickshaw driver Charanjit Sidhu, police registered the complaint against the three, who were later identified as Sahil Deep Singh and his brother Aman Deep Singh both residents of Mota Singh Nagar and Sumit Bunny resident of Jawahar Nagar.

While Sumit and Sahil have been arrested, Amandeep is still out of police net.

Sidhu in his complaint said that he was in touch with some of the African nationals who are students at LPU and used to ply his auto-rickshaw for them, whenever they demanded.

Regarding the allegation of police shelter to one of the accused, who is son of a serving senior police official, police commissioner Gaurav Yadav said his actual involvement in the attack is yet to be ascertained.

However, Sukhbir has instructed Yadav not to spare anybody, whosoever, he may be, if even the remote involvement of any person was found in the attack on foreign national.

Punjab govt announces monetary assistance
Meanwhile, later in the evening the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced assistance of Rs. 5 lakh for a Burundi student who was left comatose after a brutal attack and promised stern action against all those involved in the incident.

The Colombia Asia Hospital in Patiala, where Yannick Nizhanga was admitted, was being requested to waive off the pending dues of the patient, a release from CM’s office stated.

First Published: Jul 06, 2012 19:51 IST