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Bestow Chamel Singh with the title of martyr: Family

Published: 03rd May 2013 05:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2013 05:57 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

On a day when Sarabjit Singh was cremated with full state honour at his ancestral village in Punjab, family members of Chamel Singh said he should also be bestowed with the title of a martyr.

"Sarabjit Singh was killed in the same jail where our father was murdered. The same persons who killed Sarabjit were involved in the killing of my father," alleged Chamel Singh's son, Deepak.

"We appeal to the Centre that our father should also be accorded the title of a martyr," Deepak told PTI.

Chamel Singh, who hailed from a border village of Pargwal in Akhnoor of Jammu, was beaten to death in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat jail on January 15 this year and his body was brought back here on March 13.

"We are four brothers and are forced to quit education and work for our survival. We appeal to the government to help our family in the same way as Sarabjit's family has been done.

Both Centre and state government should think about us," he said.

Chamel Singh, who was about to complete a five-year prison term for his alleged involvement in an espionage case, died in Lahore with reports saying that he was "mercilessly beaten" by Pakistani prison staff.

Chamel Singh's family, however, contested that he was not involved in spying and had gone missing from his fields adjoining the Pakistan border in July 2008.

India has failed to get his autopsy report from Pakistan till now.

"Nearly four months have passed since my father was killed, but till now the autopsy report conducted by Pakistani authorities have not been provided to us.

"We request the government to provide us the report. We also request them to provide us a copy of the report of second autopsy that was performed in Jammum after the body was brought back from Pakistan," Deepak added.



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