The mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner who died under mysterious circumstances in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, will be brought back to India on Tuesday.
The body will be released only after Pakistani doctors perform the post-mortem at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore on Tuesday morning.Indian High Commission officials will hand over Kirpal’s body to family members for the last rites .
Kirpal Singh’s family had earlier rejected Pakistan’s claim that he died of a heart attack and demanded a post-mortem to ascertain the true facts behind his sudden death.
“Once the body comes back, there should be a fresh post mortem examination here so that we can be satisfied,” said Dalbir Kaur, Sarabjit Singh’s sister who is helping Kirpal Singh’s family with taking up Kirpal’s case with the government in New Delhi.
“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 said.
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.
The family has found support from the Congress party. “Given the past track record of Pakistan, the family’s apprehension may well be true,” Manish Tewari said.
“It is not appropriate to see everything through the prism of suspicion and conspiracy. He was kept in intensive care at the hospital but he could not survive,” Nafees Zakaria, the spokesperson for the Pakistan Foreign Office told reporters on Thursday.