India to take up Kirpal Singh’s death in Pakistani Jail at highest level


India has asked its envoy in Islamabad to take up at the “highest possible level” with Pakistan foreign office the issue of early transportation of mortal remains of Kripal Singh who died in a Lahore prison on Monday.

“On Kirpal Singh, our acting high commissioner in Islamabad has been instructed to seek a meeting at the highest possible level in the Pakistan foreign office this forenoon to seek early transportation of the mortal remains,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said .

“He will also ask for official information on cause of death, postmortem report etc,” he added.

Kirpal Singh, 54, died at a hospital in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. He sentenced to death for his alleged role in a bomb blast at Faisalabad Railway Station in 1991. He is reportedly acquitted in the case, but continued to rot in the Pakistani prison.

He was transferred to a hospital  after his health deteriorated, jail officials said. Pakistani authorities claimed Kirpal Singh died due to heart failure.

In 2013, an Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh was attacked by two other inmates at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. He later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

On Tuesday, a sister of Kirpal Singh protested at the Attari-Wagah integrated checkpost on the India-Pakistan border over his death.

“My brother Kirpal has been murdered just like Sarabjit was earlier. The Pakistani jail authorities are responsible for his death,” Jagir Kaur said during the protest.

She was accompanied by many other protestors, among them Dalbir Kaur, the elder sister of Sarabjit Singh.

The family demanded that Kirpal Singh’s body be handed over to them for cremation at his native village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.