TNN | Sep 17, 2014, 02.27 AM IST
JALANDHAR: Jaskaran Singh Jassa, an accused in the attempt to murder case of Burundi student Yannick Nihangaza and declared a proclaimed offender after he fled to Australia, was brought to India on Monday after he was extradited by that country.
A police team, led by Jalandhar additional deputy commissioner of police Baljit Singh Dhillon, brought Jassa from Australia on Monday night and produced him in a local court here on Tuesday. The court sent Jassa in police custody for two days.
Jassa had fled to Australia a few days after the April 21, 2012 attack on Yannick, who died in a Burundi hospital on July 1, 2014 after lying in a comatose condition for over two years. Jassa was later declared a PO by the court along with another accused Rantaj Singh. Seven out of nine accused in the case were sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment by the trial court on October 24, 2013. An appeal by the convicts is pending in the court.
Jassa had applied for permanent residency in Australia after marrying an Australian citizen. However, Australian authorities were informed by the Interpol about India seeking his extradition.
Yannick, the young man from Burundi, had come to Punjab to study and was brutally beaten up by local youths in 2012. A student of computer engineering at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Yannick was the victim of mindless violence, which many felt also had racial overtones. He was attacked in the Defence Colony area of Jalandhar by nine local youths, all in their mid 20s and from well-off families.
The local youths had an altercation with some African students outside a liquor shop near the bus stand. The latter, though, dodged them and went to a party, where the locals spotted Yannick and thrashed him up despite him having nothing to do with the other group of African students.
The brutal assault had left him with severe head injuries and in coma from which he never recovered. He was lying in a Patiala hospital since then, his father staying by his bedside for the entire duration. Yannick was airlifted to Burundi on June 16 in an air ambulance after his father requested the state government for help.
DCP Naveen Singla said Jassa was arrested on charges of attempt to murder as the police were yet to receive any official information about Yannick’s death from Burundi. “We can add murder charges only after receiving legal documents,” he said.