Indian toddler may have got hurt before being dumped: Rpt

Last Updated: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 20:52

Melbourne: The three-year-old Indian
toddler, whose body was found near here four days ago, may
have been hurt in an accident before being put in a car boot
and dumped by a part-time taxi driver, who has been arrested
and charged over the death, a media report said here on Monday.

Parents of Gurshan Singh Channa have been told by the
police that their son may have been hurt by accident before
being put in a car boot and dumped near Melbourne Airport, the
Herald Sun reported.

"Sources within Melbourne`s Sikh community say family
members had been told that the three-year-old could have been
unintentionally injured last Thursday," the report said.

Dhillon Gursewak, the 23-year-old Indian taxi driver,
is accused of leaving with Gurshan in a car and driving around
for three hours before dumping the toddler.

The nature of the charge - manslaughter by criminal
negligence - indicates investigators believe Gurshan may have
lived if medical help had been summoned, the report said.

Meanwhile, Australian police said no further arrest
has been made in the high-profile case.

After the arrest of Gursewak, it was speculated that
another woman was likely to be arrested.

The woman believed to be Gursewak`s wife was expected
to be charged for helping him in disposing off the body.
However, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said: "Definitely not.
The wife has not been arrested or charged."

Homicide detectives alleged in Sunday night`s court
hearing that Dhillon had put Gurshan in the boot unconscious,
believing he was still alive.

Harjit Singh Channa, father of the toddler, said he
and his son`s "killer" had no frictions between themselevs.

"There were no old frictions in the families," Channa
told the paper.

Harjit`s cousin Deep Singh said they were all shocked
Dhillon was charged.

"This is our friend, not a close friend, but we know
the person, it is a shock, (we are) shocked man," he said.
Police had said Gurshan Singh died after being driven
around suburban Melbourne in the boot of a car, unconscious,
before being left where his body was found.

Homicide squad Ron Iddles said Dhillon placed Gurshan
in a car unconscious last Thursday, but had believed he was
still alive.

Gurshan`s parents earlier spoke to detectives and
attended a prayer service at a Sikh temple at Craigieburn.

Singh said the family were grateful for the show of
support.

"We are very thankful to Indian community, Punjabi
community and Australian people," he said adding, "they all
are coming forward to help us."

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 20:52

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