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Youth Killed In Uk, Cremated At Punjab Village

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Amritsar, Jun 17 (PTI) The body of a 23-year-old youth, who was killed in London, was today cremated by his family members as per Sikh rituals at a village in Tarn Taran district.

The body of Harjit Singh Nijjar was brought to Kalha village, nearly 40 km from Amritsar, with the help of some NRIs who collected funds to send it to India.

Wassan Singh, father of the deceased, claimed that his son was a victim of racial attack.

"The four British nationals, including two women, came to the residence of Harjit located at Spikes Bridge Road House-15, South Hall," he said.

"Harjit was then attacked by a 30-year-old man and two girls while he was taking rest in his home. They called him out from the home and attacked with a sharp article after which he died on the spot," Wassan claimed.

The victim''s father informed that the trio was nabbed by London Police. But the girls were freed of charges and the man, identified as Saqib Asif Khan, was taken into custody.

The family members of Harjit Singh revealed that two London police inspectors had apprised the family about the death of Harjit.

Both are in touch with the family about the subsequent developments in Harjit''s murder case, Wassan said.

"The British government had demanded 6,000 pounds to send the body here. We were unable to gather the amount for transporting the body... Even Punjab government failed to help us," a distraught Wassan claimed.

When the issue was raised by a section of media, some NRIs responded to the call and collected funds to help us, he said.

Harjit had gone to England on study basis a year back. He was a student of management technology in Business Academy, London, Wassan said.

Earlier, Jasbir Kaur gave a tearful adieu to her son along with rest of the family and villagers.

The family members expressed their resentment against politicians who did not helped the family bring back the body home.


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