Hundreds of people from all walks of life on Monday joined the funeral procession of three-year-old Gurshan Singh Channa, who was killed in Australia, as his mortal remains were consigned to flames.
The body, which was brought by the toddler’s parents from Melbourne on Sunday, was taken by mourners from his parental house to Rambagh cremation ground after passing through the main streets of the town.
Apart from friends and relatives of the Channa family, locals, representatives of all major political parties, NGOs and senior officers of district administration were present to share the grief of his parents Harjit Singh Channa and Harpreet Kaur.
After prayers by a Sikh cleric, the pyre was lit by Harjit.
Gurshan had gone missing from his house at Melbourne on March 4 and later his body was found on the outskirts of the town.
Gursewak Dhillon, 23, a resident of the house where the boy and his parents were also staying, has been charged with manslaughter by criminal negligence. He claimed he accidentally knocked the boy down before dumping him 20 kms away from his residence.