Patiala: Romi Uppal, son of a senior police officer and a key accused in the case of attack on Burundi student Yannick Nihangaza, was on Sunday remanded to two days police custody.

Romi was produced at Jalandhar in a court which sent him to two days police custody.

Uppal, son of Punjab Superintendent of Police Dharam Singh Uppal, had surrendered before police on Saturday. However another accused in the case Amandeep Singh was still at large. Police had earlier arrested Sahil Deep Singh and another accused Sumeet in the case.

Meanwhile, Yannick's family on Sunday said that they have got partial relief as three persons have been arrested by Punjab police and the state government has come to their help after the media highlighted their plight. They, however, attributed the help as "too little too late".

Yannick's cousin brother Deogratias said here that "It's been 79 days. A police officer is supposed to protect people, not to harbour a criminal. There are other criminals, they have to be arrested".

"And the police officer father has also to be asked why he has chosen to obstruct justice. He's chosen to harbour a killer. It doesn't matter whether it's his son or not. Right now we are meeting with some officials. They are saying we have to transfer Yannick to PGI," Deogratias said.

He said that four–five people are still at large as there were about 10 people who attacked Yannick Nihangaza on April 21 and he continued to be in a state of coma for the last two months.

Meanwhile, an official release here tried to shift blame on Lovely Professional University (LPU) claiming Yannick’s father Nestor Ntibateganya has alleged that the University in Jalandhar promising to protect foreign students did not come forward to help Yannick.

The release claimed that Nestor was interacting with Patiala Deputy Commissioner G K Singh when he went to hand over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the management of Columbia Asia hospital where Yanick is admitted.

G K Singh assured Yannick's family that he will convey to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary the role of the University.

The release also claimed that 24-year-old Yannick's father told Singh that at the time of admission the University had promised to protect the life and dignity of foreign students.

He regretted that the University authorities, however, did not come forward to help them. Nestor also regretted that the University did not feel necessary to inform the Patiala district authorities about his son being admitted to Columbia Asia hospital here.

Singh assured the father that Punjab government would provide the best available treatment to the student.

He said that the medical board set up by the government has recommended shifting Yannick to PGI Chandigarh, the release added.

Nestor had met the Deputy Commissioner in his office last month and handed him a letter to Punjab Chief Minster on June 25. The matter came to light on July 5 when the media broke the story along with a copy of the letter.


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