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Accused in Attack on Burundi Student Extradited from Australia


Accused in attack on Burundi student extradited from Australia

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.

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Yannick Murder: Green Card lands Jassa in Police Net


Yannick murder: Green card lands Jassa in police net

Jatinder Kohli | Hindustan Times | 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.


 

Yannick Case: 9 Now Face Murder Charge


Yannick case: 9 now face murder charge

Punjab » Crime | Nikhil Bhardwaj | Tribune News Service | Jalandhar, March 28
Posted at: Mar 29, 2016, 12:58 AM; last updated: Mar 29, 2016, 12:58 AM (IST)


The nine youth accused of a murderous attack on Burundi national Yannick Nihangaza here in 2012 now face the murder charge following receipt of a  medical report and death certificate by the Jalandhar Commissioner’s office from the African nation’s embassy.Taking cognisance of the medical report, the Jalandhar Commissionerate has converted the attempt to murder case into a murder case. This empowers the police to file a fresh chargesheet, clearing the way for a murder trial.

Yannick, a Bachelors in Computer Science student at Lovely Professional University, was on his way to a party when he was attacked by nine students in Defence Colony here on April 22, 2012. He remained comatose for two years, before being airlifted to Burundi from Patiala on June 16, 2014. He passed away a fortnight later.ADCP AS Power confirmed that the murder trial would start soon. Yannick’s father Nestor Ntibategany said his son was innocent and had done “nothing bad in India. My dear Yannick died because of racism. I will never be the same person. I know that India is a big democracy. I want that justice be done”.

Seven of the nine assailants were sentenced to 10-year imprisonment on October 24, 2013, including Sumant Ralhan, Sahildeep, Romy Uppal, Amandeep Singh, Amarbir Singh Bajwa, Harsh Gosain and Jaswant Singh.Rommy had obtained parole for 28 days on March 6, 2014, but did not return to the jail. One of the accused, Jaskaran Singh alias Jassa, who had fled to Australia after the attack, was arrested on May 7, 2014 by the Australian police and extradited on September 15, 2015. He is at present out on bail.

Rommy, son of deceased Superintendent of Police Dharam Singh Uppal, has been declared a proclaimed offender along with the son of a bus service operator, Rantaj. Both are said to have fled abroad on fake passports. Police are yet to issue a Look Out Circular for want of their passports.

Two accused still absconding

  • Burundi national Yannick Nihangaza was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Lovely Professional University in Phagwara
  • He was on his way to a party when he was attacked by a group of nine students in Defence Colony area in Jalandhar on April 22, 2012
  • Yannick remained in comatose condition for two years after the murderous attack
  • He was airlifted to Burundi in an air ambulance from Patiala Aviation Club on June 16, 2014, to his home in Burundi where he died on July 1 the same year
  • Seven of the nine attackers were sentenced to 10-year imprisonment on October 24, 2013. The remaining two accused are at large

 

Seven in Punjab get 10 Years Jail for Assaulting African


Seven in Punjab get 10 years jail for assaulting African

India TV News Desk [Published on: Oct 25, 2013, 10:43 AM]


Indiatv News

Jalandhar:  A court in Punjab on Thursday gave 10 years imprisonment to seven persons convicted of assaulting an African Yannick Nihangaza, 25, in Jalandhar in May 2012 during a party.
All the seven were booked under  charge of attempt to murder. Also, they were fined Rs 20,000 each.

“Court had ruled in accordance to 307 and 120 sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code) and had jailed the convicts for 10 years and imposed a penalty of rupees 20,000 ($325.40) on each of them”, said a defence counsel.


 

Justice Delayed for Punjab Beating Victim


Justice delayed for Punjab beating victim

By Saqib I Ahmed | July 9, 2012 | Reuters | India Insight|


Burundi national Yannick Nihangaza was brutally beaten in April by allegedly drunk youngsters, and left for dead in Jalandhar, a city in Punjab. Nearly three months later, the 23-year-old Nihangaza lies in a vegetative state at a hospital.

His father has asked the Punjab government to allow him to bring his son back to Burundi. He also wants the state to prosecute the suspects and pay for his son’s medical expenses.

Until today, he has had to beg. Local media reports say Nihangaza’s father has written to Punjab’s chief minister and expressed his disappointment at the government having done little to set things right.

After the Burundi youth’s story received some attention in the local media, the state government on Friday said it will help the family and has instructed the police to probe the incident. It is unknown why it took the government nearly three months to ask for help.

This is in contrast to Australia, where about two years ago, Indian student Shravan Kumar was a victim of what appeared to be a racially motivated attack. Australia granted him permanent residency status, entitling him to various benefits as a result.

In a separate case where an Australian teenager fatally stabbed Nitin Garg, an Indian student, the Victoria state’s Supreme Court sentenced the teenager to 13 years in jail.

When Anuj Bidve was murdered in the United Kingdom and his family complained about delays in the processing of the case, the police sent two senior officers all the way to India to brief the relatives.

Until last week, Punjab did not take much action to address Nihangaza’s case, and the public has paid little attention. It was only on Sunday that the son of a senior police officer was taken into police custody. It is unlikely that the reaction would be so blase were this to happen to an Indian man in the United States or in Burundi.

There is no proof that this was a racially motivated attack, and it is not always possible for the police to prevent such incidents, but it is in the interest of good international relations — not to mention the spirit of compassion for one’s guests — to take an interest.

It would be all the more odd for India to ignore this case considering how touchy people become when they hear about a person being attacked for being Indian, or simply for being treated with suspicion because of skin colour or religion.

If Nihangaza’s case should come to a bitter end, it will be harder for India to claim that its honour has been besmirched the next time something like this happens on foreign shores.


 

Murder Trial Unlikely in Yannick Case


Murder trial unlikely in Yannick case

Police await medical report from Burundi authorities; two reminders sent

Posted at: Feb 10, 2015, 12:52 AM; last updated: Feb 10, 2015, 12:48 AM (IST)
Nikhil Bhardwaj | Tribune News Service | Jalandhar, February 9


Even seven months after the death of Burundi national Yannick Nihangaza in Burundi, legal impediments continue to prevent the police here from starting murder trial in the case. Until the Jalandhar Commissionerate receives the post-mortem and the medical reports from Burundi, the police cannot go ahead with filing a supplementary challan to try the accused under Section 302 of the IPC.The Jalandhar police have sent two reminders to the Burundi embassy to seek Yannick’s medical report, but they have received no reply so far.ADCP (II) Harpreet Singh Mander confirmed the police wrote to the Burundi embassy seeking Yannick’s post-mortem report and death certificate, but the embassy has not sent any document. Recently, a reminder was also sent in that regard, but no reply has been received yet. Efforts were on to arrest accused Rommy and Rantaj, he added.“The trial under Section 302 of the IPC will become possible only after the medical report about Yannick’s death from Burundi confirms that he died due to the injuries inflicted on him by nine youth. Investigation will also be conducted under Section 300(3) of the CrPc. Yannick’s father will also be required to join the trial for taking the case to a logical conclusion,” says a legal expert.Yannick, who remained comatose for two years after the murderous attack on him in Jalandhar on April 22, 2012, died at his home in Burundi on July 1 last year. He was airlifted to Burundi from the Patiala Aviation Club on June 16. He was pursuing an undergraduate course in computer science at Lovely Professional University. He was on his way to a party when he was attacked by a group of nine students in the Defence Colony area. Seven of the nine attackers have been sentenced to 10-year imprisonment, including Sumant Ralhan, Sahildeep, Rommy Uppal, Amandeep Singh, Amarbir Singh Bajwa, Harsh Gosain and Jaswant Singh. Rommy, who was among the seven accused convicted for attempt to murder, obtained 28-day parole on March 6 last year. He was supposed to return to the jail on April 4, but he didn’t.The police couldn’t issue Look Out Circular (LOC) against Rommy till date because it failed to recover his passport which was mandatory to issue the circular.One of the accused Jaskaran Singh (alias Jassa), who fled to Australia after the attack, was arrested on May 7, 2014, by the Australian police under Section 12 (1) of the Extradition Act, 1988. The Jalandhar police team went to Australia and extradited Jaskaran to India on September 15 last year. A supplementary challan to try Jassa under Section 307 of the IPC was also recently filed by the police.Now, Rommy Uppal (son of deceased Superintendent of Police Dharam Singh Uppal) and Rantaj (son of a bus service operator) are on the run.

Legal view

  • The trial under Section 302 of the IPC will become possible only after the medical report of Yannick’s death from Burundi confirms that he died due to the injuries inflicted on him by nine youth. Investigation will also be conducted under Section 300(3) of the CrPc. Yannick’s father will also be required to join the trial for taking the case to a logical conclusion.

 

Punjab Govt Dithers on Paying Rs.58 Lakh Medical Bill of Burundi Youth Yannick


Punjab Govt dithers on paying Rs 58 lakh medical bill of Burundi youth Yannick

Posted at: Jul 12, 2015, 6:11 PM; last updated: Jul 12, 2015, 6:11 PM (IST)
Gagan K Teja | Tribune News Service | Patiala, July 11


Over a year after comatose Yannick Nihangaza was airlifted from Patiala’s Columbia Asia Hospital to his home nation Burundi, where he breathed his last later, the Punjab government is yet to pay medical bills amounting to Rs58 lakh to the hospital.Yannick (23), student of a private university near Jalandhar, had slipped into coma after being attacked by nine youths on April 22, 2012.Nestor Ntibateganya, Yannick’s father, had written to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on June 20, 2012, following which his son was shifted from a Jalandhar hospital to the private institute in Patiala.The Badal government had then said it would bear the entire treatment cost of Yannick, who remained on life support (ventilator) for more than two years at Columbia hospital. The total bill was around Rs1.37 crore, of which a major portion was contributed by a US charity while a certain amount was waived off by the hospital. The government was to pay around Rs63 lakh, of which it has so far cleared only Rs5 lakh.Though hospital officials refused to comment on the matter, sources said the issue had been unsuccessfully raised several times with the district administration. Once the bills were lost and the hospital had to resubmit the documents, which ran into hundreds of pages with detailed description of the treatment, sources said. Patiala SDM Gurpal Singh Chahal said the bills had been forwarded to the authorities concerned.

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Yannick under treatment at Patiala before being shifted to Burundi. File photo


 

Yannick Murder: Police Arrest Accused in Oz


Yannick murder: Police arrest accused in Oz

Updated: Sep 16, 2014 08:42 IST
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times


A team of Jalandhar commissionerate police left for India from Sydney after taking custody of Jaskaran Singh Kalsi alias Jassa, an accused in the Yannick murder case, on Monday morning.

The team led by additional deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Baljit Singh Dhillon is expected to land in New Delhi late Monday night.

Jassa is one of the accused and a proclaimed offender in the murderous attack that left Burundi student Yannick Nihangaza comatose for two years before his death.

Jassa, who had flown to Australia on a student visa after the incident, was arrested in New South Wales, Australia, in May this year.

According to details, ADCP Dhillon, sub inspectors Manmohan Singh and Balwinder Singh had gone to Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, on September 9.

Confirming the development, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said a team led by Dhillon along with the sub inspectors would reach New Delhi late Monday night from Australia.

However, the police are yet to arrest another proclaimed offender, Rantaj Singh; a resident of Garden colony, since the incident occurred.

The special investigation team (SIT) formed in the case on July 7 to investigate how one of the main accused, Romy Uppal, fled India is still clueless about his location.

SIT had also quizzed Punjabi singer Garry Sandhu, Uppal’s friend, for allegedly helping the convict flee the country after jumping parole.


 

Burundi Student Yannick Nihangaza, Who Was Brutally Attacked in Punjab, to be Sent Home


Burundi Student Yannick Nihangaza, Who Was Brutally Attacked in Punjab, to be Sent Home

Reported by Anand Kumar Patel, Edited by Amit Chaturvedi | Updated: June 02, 2014 21:28 IST


 

Burundi Student Yannick Nihangaza, Who Was Brutally Attacked in Punjab, to be Sent Home
File photo of Yannick Nihangaza

CHANDIGARH:  Yannick Nihangaza, the Burundi student who is lying comatose for more than two years in a Patiala nursing home after a brutal attack, can finally go home.

The Punjab government has agreed to bear the cost of Rs. 75 lakh to arrange for an air ambulance which will carry Yannick back to his home in Africa.

“The government has transferred the money to Patiala administration. The date is not final yet, but Yannick will be sent to his home country in the next few days as per advice of doctors. We are making all possible arrangements as per the instructions of the government of Punjab,” said Varun Roojam, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala.

Punjab government’s help after Yannick’s father wrote to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and he intervened.  “It’s a risk but we are left with no other option… there is no improvement in his condition in last two years. At least he will be home… the government is providing us air ambulance to transport my son,” said Yannick’s father Nestor Ntibateganya.

Yannick’s departure, however, may get delayed as the Punjab government has so far released only Rs. 5 lakh towards his medical expenses while his medical bill now stands at a whopping Rs. 1.40 crore. The family is pinning its hope on Mr Badal who took personal interest to see Yannick got due compensation.

Yannick had arrived in India with the dream of becoming a computer engineer and enrolled at a private university in Jalandhar. He was going to a party on April 22, 2012 when he was attacked.

While the attackers had managed to flee, Yannick was admitted to a private hospital in Patiala where he remains on life support.

Out of the nine people who attacked Yannick, seven have been arrested and sentenced to 10 years in jail. The remaining two reportedly fled to Australia.


 

Two Years After Jalandhar Attack, Burundi Youth Dies


Two years after Jalandhar attack, Burundi youth dies

| TNN | Jul 4, 2014, 09.54 PM IST


 

PATIALA/JALANDHAR: Yannick Nihangaza, the young man from Burundi, who had come to Punjab to study and was brutally beaten up by local youths in 2012, died died at his home on Tuesday.
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TOI received a cryptic one-line email from Yannick’s father Nestor Ntibateganya on Thursday, but it should be enough to shake Punjab’s conscience. “Yannick passed away in the night of 1st July 2014,” Ntibateganya confirmed from Burundi.

Yannick, who was the student of computer engineering at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, was the victim of mindless violence, which many felt also had racial overtones. He was attacked in the Defence Colony area of Jalandhar on the night of April 21, 2012 by nine local youths, all in their mid-20s and from well-off families.

The local youths had had an altercation with some African students outside a liquor shop near the bus stand who dodged them and went to a party. However the locals spotted Yannick and badly thrashed him up despite him having nothing to do with the other group of African students.


Yannick Nihangaza while being taken to the air ambulance to airlift him to Burundi.

The brutal attack 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 only two weeks ago after his father requested the state government for help.

Slow cop action raised eyebrows
Yannick Nihangaza’s case was a major embarrassment for the Punjab government as the police had not arrested the assailants for more than two months despite the brutality of the attack. Only after reports in the media did the officials gear up and five assailants were arrested within a week. In all, seven people were arrested while two are absconding. Many believe slow police action allowed the accused to slip away.

On October 24, 2013 seven of the accused were convicted and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by a Jalandhar court for attempt to murder. Two more accused did not stand trial as they were declared proclaimed offenders.

One accused, Romi Uppal, son of Punjab Police SP Dharam Singh Uppal who passed away during the trial, was also handed an additional one year imprisonment separately under section 482 of IPC as he had used a wrong number plate on his car during the attack.

Another accused, Jaskaran Singh Jassa, managed to reach Australia on a study which he had got just a couple of days before the brutal attack. Police then started the process of his extradition, which is still on. Among others, Ramtaj Singh, from an affluent and political family, who completed a flying course from Australia, has also remained underground.


 

Govt to Bear Cost of Sending Yannick Back


Govt to bear cost of sending Yannick back

HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Updated: Nov 17, 2012 11:16 IST


The Punjab government will bear all expenses for transporting African student, Yannick Nihangaza (23), to Burundi. Yannick, a BSc (computer sciences) student at Lovely Professional University (LPU), has been in coma at a private hospital in Patiala, after three unidentified persons thrashed him outside his rented accommodation in Dashmesh Nagar on April 21 this year.

Principal secretary home affairs and justice DS Bains announced the decision at a press conference in the city on Friday. “Yannick’s father wants to shift his son to Burundi. The chief minister has decided that the government will meet all expenses for his transportation.”

He added that Yannick will be taken to New Delhi in an air-ambulance and will then be put on a commercial flight to Burundi. The date of departure has been left to the discretion of doctors.

The government will also supply life-support medical equipment, including a ventilator to Yannick. There are also plans to send a nursing team to Burundi to train nurses.

Bains added that he had attended a function at the LPU on Friday and the vice-chancellor Ashok Mittal had handed him a cheque of Rs 6 lakh for Yannick.

“I appeal to students as well as people in general to extend help,” Bains added.

He justified the suspension of SP Dharam Singh Uppal, father of one of the accused Romi Uppal, in the case. He stated that an inquiry had revealed that Uppal was using his official position to influence witnesses. He added that the Australian High Commission had been approached to extradite one of the accused who had escaped to Australia.


Yannick Nihangaza and the Silence of Good People


Yannick Nihangaza and the silence of good people

Sowmiya Ashok
PATIALA JULY 15, 2012 03:17 IST


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A culture of tolerance towards xenophobia is making many foreign students, especially Africans, feel insecure in India. Will the winds of change blow after the shocking attack on the Burundian student ?

It was in May 2011 that Nestor Ntibateganya first heard about Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Jalandhar on the radio in his hometown of Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital city.

“Lovely University put up advertisements in Rwanda and Burundi on the radio and on television to promote the University,” says the 59-year-old economist, sitting in a restaurant in Patiala, completely unmindful that the colour of his skin was the object of curiosity among restaurant staffers and locals.

Across the road in Columbia Asia Hospital, his 23-year-old son Yannick Nihangaza lies in a coma after he was assaulted on the night of April 21 in a locality in Jalandhar city. “His brain is so severely damaged that I don’t think he will ever be able to study again,” says Nestor. “I really do not know what is going to happen to him.”

At LPU, Yannick was enrolled in a degree course in Computer Sciences, a decision that his father agreed with, going by India’s skills in the field. Attracted by the “international edge” advertised in LPU’s brochures and websites, Yannick and others from African countries enrolled in Computer Application and Business Administration courses.

Yannick’s friends who came to the hospital on Thursday, however, spoke of a world quite different from the one promoted by LPU on its website. The university talks of an international environment that “fosters inter-cultural understanding” and promotes “respect and tolerance among people.”

Edgard Niyomuhoza, a second year BBA student, also from Burundi, says that problems related to food have forced almost all African students to find private off-campus accommodation, essentially putting them in harm’s way.

Rough estimates suggest that 400 to 500 African students study at LPU from countries such as Congo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Rwanda. “Despite complaints about the spice levels and of the unavailability of any other kind of food, the University refuses to change the menu. This means we have to stay off-campus and cook our own food,” he says.

Naturally, as Edgard puts it, “the community of black people is close-knit” and socialises outside campus. It was during such an evening that Yannick fell prey to a mob made up of an “unspecified number” of people, as the First Information Report puts it. “Yannick was running late for the party and was attacked on his way there. There was no reason why,” says Yvan Butare from Rwanda. “We are all very angry. India is a peaceful country, so how can people be so hostile?”

Lovely Professional University maintains that the incident happened almost 30 km outside campus and disclaims any responsibility. LPU’s Deputy Director Aman Mittal claims Yannick was beaten up in a group clash involving African students and Indians who had nothing to do with the University.

“Yannick would never provoke anyone. If anyone tried to provoke him, he is the kind that usually walks away,” says Mr. Ntibateganya. “When I read in the paper that Yannick was part of a group fighting with Indians, I was shocked.”

While Mr. Mittal calls the campus among the “safest in India” with reports of student clashes “never ever” having taken place, a former Indian student at LPU who completed his B.Tech in Computer Science last year said he witnessed gangs clashing in the heart of the campus, with security guards bearing witness.

“Quarrels usually spark a full-blown fight. Each party would provoke the other asking ‘Why did you come to Punjab’ for instance,” says the student, who requested anonymity. “Once, I saw African students and Indians using iron rods to beat each other. The guards were just standing around.”

In Yannick’s case, it has been tardy responses or no response from the authorities even after his father wrote twice for help with the medical treatment and to get him repatriated to Burundi. It was only last week, more than two months after the attack, that the Punjab government ordered a probe and provided financial aid of Rs. 5 lakh towards his medical expenses.

Yet, no official from the State machinery or his University has visited the hospital. “I want my son to recover and then I want justice for what happened to him,” says Mr. Nestor, in a soft voice. “I am still finding it difficult to understand how this happened. Perhaps, more African students go to South India to study and not many come to Delhi or Punjab areas. Maybe, that is why…”