Pakistan hands over Kirpal Singh’s Body to India



Kirpal Singh, 54, arrested in Pakistan on spying charges in 1992, died at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on Monday. He was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province. His family received Singh’s last letter on February 10. “I want to return to my motherland before I die… I have been facing a difficult time here,” he said in his letter.

“Kirpal Singh was found dead in his cell in the early hours of Monday,” said an official of Kot Lakhpat Jail, according to a PTI report from Lahore. “The inmates of the cell near Kirpal’s cell stated that he complained about pain in his chest and died instantly,” he said.

The heart and stomach of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani jail, were found missing after his body was handed over to Indian authorities.
“During the postmortem, it was found that his heart as well as stomach were missing. However, no internal and external injury was found on his body. Samples of these two organs would be sent outside Amritsar for laboratory tests to bring out more facts with regard to his death,” Principal of Government Medical College Amritsar, Dr BS Bal said.

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Meanwhile, Kirpal’s family has alleged that he was tortured to death and that he did not die of cardiac arrest as has been told by Pakistan.
Kirpal’s family members, including his sister Jagir Kaur, Punjab Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike and Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam, besides other senior officials, were present at the Joint check post at the Wagah border to receive the body on Tuesday.

Dalbir Kaur, sister of another Indian Sarabjit Singh who died in a Pakistani jail in May 2013, was also present. She said, “even if he died from a heart attack, there must be some reason behind it. His body should be sent for examination, the matter should be investigated. I don’t believe it’s a natural death.”

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