Body of Indian prisoner, who died in Pak jail, to be brought back to India

Body of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner, who died in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore will be brought back to India tomorrow.

Updated: Apr 18, 2016, 20:04 PM IST
Body of Indian prisoner, who died in Pak jail, to be brought back to India
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New Delhi: Body of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner, who died in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore last Monday, will be brought back to India, according to an ANI report.

A team of doctors will perform postmortem of Kirpal Singh in Lahore on Tuesday. Singh's body will be brought back to India by afternoon, ANI report says.

Kirpal's family members had been requesting the central government's intervention in the matter after they received the news of his death in Pakistan prison.

His family alleged a conspiracy behind his death and drew parallel with another Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was lodged in same prison and died after being attacked by his jail inmates in 2013.

Fifty four-year-old Singh, who was serving a life term in Pakistan after being convicted in a 1992 bomb blast case in Faislabad, died under mysterious condition on Monday.

Pakistan authorities, however, claimed that Kirpal complaint of chest pain after which he was rushed to a hospital where he died of heart attack.

Kirpal's family members have denied Pakistan's claim that he died of a heart attack and have demanded that his post-mortem be conducted in India to ascertain the facts.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the family members of Kirpal Singh and assured them of all possible help from the government.

On April 15, India's Acting High Commissioner in Islamabad, J.P. Singh, met the Director-General for South Asia in the Pakistani Ministry for Foreign Affairs to request that Singh's body be flown to India at the earliest.