NEW DELHI: The family members of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner who died under mysterious circumstances in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital today to express her concern over the gruesome treatment meted out to the Indians languishing in Pakistan jails.
Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh who, like Kirpal, had trespassed into Pakistan’s territory before he died in the same jail, will also be accompanying them during the meeting to be held at the Home Minister’s official residence at around 10: 25 a.m.
“We are meeting him to raise our demand that the body of Kirpal Singh should be sent to us at the earliest. We want that post-mortem should again take place in India so that we can now as to what actually happened,” Kaur told ANI.
Kaur, who met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the same issue last month, had said that it was nothing new with Pakistan making bogus claims of arresting an innocent person and calling him a spy.
The family members of Kirpal Singh have denied Pakistan’s claim that he died of a heart attack and demanded a post-mortem to ascertain the facts.
“How can we believe that he died of heart attack? His body should be sent to us and post-mortem should be done. We want to know the truth,” Singh’s nephew told ANI.
With India raising the issue of Singh's death, Pakistan has said that the Indian prisoner died of heart attack while asserting that it was not appropriate to see everything through the prism of suspicion and conspiracy.
Kirpal had allegedly crossed the Attari-Wagah border to Pakistan in 1992 and was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province.