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Phagwara resident shot dead in Iran
HT Correspondent Phagwara, July 30
Phagwara resident shot dead in Iran Had paid Rs 4.25 lakh to go to Greece, but was stranded midway
A RESIDENT of nearby Palahai village, Vinod Kumar, alias Happy, was reportedly killed in police firing near the Russian border in Iran a few days back.
Some of Happy's friends got the news when another local, Fauja Singh, called from Iran. He said Happy was travelling in a private vehicle to cross the Turkey border along with some other Indians, but was killed by security forces near the border. His body will be brought from Iran through the Indian Embassy next week.
When Hindustan Times visited Palahai village today, Happy's father, Mahinder Paul, who returned from Muscat only yesterday, said Happy had paid Rs 4.25 lakh to a travel agent, Rana, of nearby Barna village for sending him to Greece.
Happy flew from India on April 6, but instead of reaching Greece, was stranded midway.
Surprisingly, the women in the family had not been informed about Happy's death, this being the second tragedy in the family after Happy's brother died in a road accident a few years back.
A dejected Mahinder Paul was found telling villagers that he will never go abroad again and will take care of his remaining family in the village. He said now he had only his four-year-old twin sons to support him in old age.