Singer Garry Sandhu questioned over Yannick murder convict jumping parole

JALANDHAR: Police have questioned Punjabi singer Garry Sandhu in connection with Romi Uppal, a convict in Burundi student Yannick Nihangaza case, jumping parole while he was undergoing 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. Uppal, along with six other youths, was convicted on October 24 last year and was released on parole for four weeks in March, but did not report back. It is suspected that he could have escaped from the country.

Sandhu was questioned on Monday evening by a SIT, but nothing concrete apparently emerged from his questioning, sources said. However, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said that if needed Sandhu would be summoned again. It is learned that Sandhu told police that he was a close friend of late Romi's father, Punjab Police SP Dharam Singh Uppal, and had visited the family after his death and was also present during the marriage of Romi's sister. He, however, claimed that he had no knowledge about Romi's whereabouts and had nothing to do with is disappearance.

Police also took copies of his passport and details of his tour to New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Canada during the last four months. Sandhu reportedly told the SIT that he visited these countries in connection with his programmes only. Police officials said they would also seek details from his travel agent, who booked his tickets, etc., and would further dig up the details to probe his role. Yannick was attacked April 21, 2012 night and remained in coma for over two years. He died in his native country recently after being flown there.

Source : India Times