the sad case of Nitin Garg

CHANDIGARH: The inconsolable family of Nitin Garg, who was stabbed in Melbourne on Saturday, has demanded that arrangements be made to bring back the 21-year-old’s body back to Jagraon, 125 kms from here.

“We had sent him thinking he would find better career avenues to settle in life, but now we have lost him. We just want that his body should be brought back to us,” said Ashok Kumar, Nitin’s Uncle. “Our son is no more and nothing can bring him back but our government must ensure that Indians that are living abroad are not targeted, so that no other family goes through this pain,” he added. Nitin’s mother is said to be in shock and declined to speak about the tragic death.

The family, who lost Nitin’s father two years back, feel let down by the Indian High Commission and as no one has reached out to them even as External Affairs Minister SM Krishna assured action in the case. Despite assurances of the Australian Embassy, stating that the attack was not racial in nature, victim’s family alleges that Indians are specifically targeted.

According to the family, Nitin had been beaten up by a group at theNewport railway station once before also but he continued to believe that he was safe. But now family of the deceased allege that a racist attack has taken their son’s life, “There is no other reason for his demise, he was a very law-abiding and suave boy, who hardly had any enemy,” said Mr Kumar.

Nitin Garg, who was pursuing his accounts degree at Melbourne, had migrated from Punjab and had permanent residency in Australia, had often repudiated reports regarding racial attacks when his family enquired about media reports in this regard.

A press release, issued by Australian High Commission, has condemned the attack and states that, ‘Australiais a nation that overwhelmingly is an open, tolerant, multi-cultural, welcoming society. That is the image ofAustralia; that is the reality ofAustralia. This incident is to be condemned. Now we have to let the police do their work and find who is responsible.’

The release further adds that, ‘Australiahas no toleration for racism in any form. We want to make sure that people who come to our country, whether they come as new migrants, as students, as visitors are made welcome.’

Meanwhile, Union minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur expressed shock and anger over the killing, “We strongly denounce (his killing) and express deep condolences to the bereaved families.” She added that she has asked the ministry to make necessary arrangement regarding bring back the dead body toIndia if family asked for it. She said that she has instructed the ministry to facilitate visas for some family members who wanted to go Melbourne.



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