The family members of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner who died under mysterious circumstances in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, have complained about the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to him in Pakistan and demanded a fresh post-mortem in India.
While Speaking to reporters shortly after Kirpal Singh’s body arrived at the Wagah International Border, his nephew said, ”There are injury marks on his face and body. Blood is seeping out from his eyes. We want another post-mortem here so that the truth comes out.”
His family alleged that Kirpal Singh was badly tortured in the Pakistani jail, his sister claimed that the authorities there wanted him to admit that he had committed crimes against Pakistan.
The reaction from Kirpal’s family came shortly after his body arrived at the Wagah Border check post. The Border Security Force (BSF) took charge of the body at the Attari land border, the officials said.
The Indian officials who received Kripal Singh’s body then took it to Integrated Check Post (ICP) for documentation and other formalities.
Earlier last week, family members of Kirpal Singh had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to express their concerns over the gruesome treatment meted out to Indians languishing in Pakistani jails.
The Home Minister, after the meeting, had assured them that all concerns related to the bringing of the body of Kirpal Singh back from Pakistan will be properly addressed. External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier assured the family of Kirpal Singh that India would get his body back home.
Kirpal Singh’s family had earlier rejected Pakistan’s claim that he died of a heart attack and demanded a post-mortem to know the true facts behind his sudden death.
“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,” said Singh’s nephew.
The Indian prisoner Kirpal had allegedly crossed the Attari-Wagah border to enter Pakistan in 1992 and was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province.