Toddler’s death: Aussie PM vows action


Melbourne: Australian authorities were on March 5 clueless about the unnatural death of an Indian toddler, who was on a holiday here with his family, as a concerned Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledged to get to the bottom of the ‘horrible’ incident.
“This is a really horrible story. I’ve seen the reports this morning,” Rudd said. “The death of any little child causes everyone in this country to stop, pause, think, reflect. If this is a case of murder, there is nothing worse than the brutal murder of a little child. The authorities are investigating it and we have every confidence the authorities will get to the bottom of it,” he was quoted by AAP as saying.
His comments came as police said the autopsy failed to determine the cause of death of three-year-old Gurshan Singh Channa, whose body was found on the side of a road in Melbourne’s northern suburbs six hours after he disappeared from the family home on March 4.
Victoria’s Deputy Police Commissioner Sir Ken Jones said: “There is no visible sign of the cause of death. “He said the boy’s body was found fully clothed in blue jeans and a grey top. But he said he could not say how he died. “We are not ruling anything in or anything out.”
Gurshan was in Australia on a holiday with his family and was due to return to India later this week. His body was found by a council worker in long grass around 30 kms away from his residence.
The toddler’s mother Harpreet Kaur, who was studying in Australia, rang police after he had been missing for 45 minutes, prompting a massive search involving more than 15 police units, the dog squad and air wing.
The family had arrived in Australia from India on January 9, planning to stay. However, they decided to leave next week as the father could not get work.Members of the Indian community have expressed shock over the death of the toddler.

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