The body arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport and was handed over to his relatives to be taken to Jagraon in Ludhiana in Punjab. The cremation will take place on Sunday. Garg, an accounting graduate from Punjab, was knifed in the West Footscray suburb in Melbourne while on his way to work on January 2.
The External Affairs Ministry has promised financial aid to the family of Garg while the Australian authorities have said catching the slayers was “high priority” for them.
Ex gratia payment
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 2.5 lakh for the family of Nitin Garg. The Ministry of External Affairs made the announcement as the body of the 21-year-old was brought home from Australia. The MEA said the government of India had also borne all expenses for the repatriation of the body of the deceased to India, including transportation.
An officer of the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of MEA was at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday afternoon and assisted in the release of Garg’s body. Earlier, Indian Consulate in Melbourne extended all necessary facilitation for early release of the body of the victim and its repatriation to India, a MEA statement said.