Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Family and friends bid farewell to Kirpal Singh

Narada Desk | April 20, 2016 1:35 pm Print
Kirpal Singh
Kirpal Singh

File Pix : Kirpal Singh, whose body was returned by Pakistan

The mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, who died in a Lahore jail in suspicious circumstances last week, were consigned to flames at his village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district  amid a sombre environment. Hundreds of people from the village and nearby areas joined the mournful family members, relatives and friends of Kirpal Singh during the cremation at Mustafabad village, about four km from the district’s Gurdaspur town to bid farewell to him. Gurdaspur is about 220 km from Chandigarh. Kirpal’s sister Jagir Kaur and other family members were tearful and inconsolable at the cremation.

Dalbir Kaur, sister of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was also murdered in the same Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore in April 2013, also joined the mourners.

Earlier , the body of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died under suspicious circumstances in a Lahore jail last week, arrived in India. His family members alleged that his body bore injury marks and foul play led to his death, but doctors who conducted an autopsy denied this.

Alleging foul play in his death, Kirpal’s family members said the body bore injury and blood marks.
Contrary to the claims, the medical board which conducted the post-mortem examination  said there were no external or internal injury marks on the body. Ashok Sharma, head of the three-member medical board, however, told the media after the post-mortem examination that the cause of death has not been established yet.

The doctor said some organs from his body were missing, as an autopsy has already been done (in Pakistan). “In the post-mortem examination, it was found that there was no external or internal injury on the body. Post-mortem of this body has already been done (in Pakistan) because stitches were present on the body and the head.

“When we opened the body, we found that some of the organs were missing because when post-mortem is done, some organs are taken to test to find out whether there is any disease or not,” Sharma said.
“… rest of the organs which were present, we took out portions of those organs and we sent them for testing (to know) about diseases as well as poisoning. I can say with 100 percent accuracy that the wound marks which are inflicted during life, they cannot be removed. The cause of death has not been established yet,” the doctor added.

“He has been murdered by the Pakistanis under a conspiracy. He was the sole witness to the murder of Sarabjit Singh in the Lahore prison. We want a thorough inquiry and post-mortem to know the truth of his death,” Kirpal’s nephew told the media outside the hospital mortuary.
Kirpal Singh, the family has maintained, had inadvertently crossed into Pakistan and was arrested and charged with spying by Pakistani authorities. (IANS)