the student who din’t come home safe

CHANDIGARH: Nitin Garg, who was killed by unidentified assailants in Australia, was cremated in his native town Jagraon 125 kms from here, on Sunday. The inconsolable family was joined by hundreds of mourners who came to bid their final farewell to the 21–year-old.

Nitin’s father Fateh Chand had died in July last year and so his younger brother Harish lit the funeral pyre in the local cremation ground after his body arrived on Sunday morning from the national capital, where it was brought from Australia last evening.
A large number of people joined the funeral procession from his residence in Vijay Nagar locality of the town. Among those who laid wreaths on his body was First Secretary in Australian High Commission Tim Hiengs.

Higens offered condolence on behalf of Australian government and people to the family, “I expressed my condolences to the bereaved family. I told the family that the Australian government and also the people ofAustralia join us in condoling the death of Nitin,” Tim said. “I assured the family that the Australian government is working on the case and the guilty would be punished,” he said.

The bereaved family, including Nitin’s 98-year-old grandfather Mohan Lal did not make any demands of anybody. Nitin’s mother said that if she knew this will be Nitin’s fate, she would not have allowed her son to return toAustraliaafter his last visit. “If this was to happen I would not have allowed him to return toAustralia,” she said with tearful eyes.
Nitin had gone to Australia about three years back to pursue an MBA course and had returned home late last year after getting a permanent residency certificate. Nitin was attacked in Melbourne on 3rd January by a group of unidentified youth. He was stabbed by the attackers and then beaten up before being dumped in nearby bushes. Though he managed to drag himself to a nearby eatery, he succumbed to his injuries later in hospital.

Thousands of students from Punjab have move to Australiafor studies and the thriving education and immigration industry is worth millions of dollars annually. But the repeated incidents of reported racial violence, particularly targeting Indians and youth from Punjab, may affect the number of applicants.

The others who laid wreaths on Nitin’s body included Ludhiana MP and Congress General Secretary Manish Tewari, Punjab Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria, who represented the Chief Minister, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, Jagraon Superintendent of Police Harinder Singh Chahal and a number of MLAs.

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