Kirpal Singh cremated in Punjab village

Gurdaspur (Punjab), April 20 (IANS) The mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, who died in a Lahore jail in suspicious circumstances last week, were consigned to flames at his village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Wednesday amid a sombre environment.

Hundreds of people from the village and nearby areas joined the mournful family members, relatives and friends of Kirpal Singh during the cremation at Mustafabad village, about four km from the district’s Gurdaspur town to bid farewell to him.

Gurdaspur is about 220 km from Chandigarh.

Kirpal’s sister Jagir Kaur and other family members were tearful and inconsolable at the cremation.

Dalbir Kaur, sister of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was also murdered in the same Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore in April 2013, also joined the mourners.

Kirpal Singh, 54, a former serviceman, was lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail since 1992. He died on April 11. Jail authorities said he died of a heart attack, but Kirpal’s family alleged he was murdered.

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