Kirpal Singh's death: Dalbir Kaur smells conspiracy, demands thorough probe
(2 years ago)
Gurdaspur (Amritsar), Apr. 20 : With the post-mortem examination revealing that Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh's vital organs - like the heart and the liver - were missing, Dalbir Kaur on Wednesday said that her doubts have turned out to be true and urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to ensure a thorough investigation into the matter.
Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail three years ago, said she suspected that the Pakistan jail authorities would remove Kirpal Singh's heart in the similar manner in which they removed the vital organs of her brother.
"I had suspected that they might remove Kirpal Singh's heart the way they removed Sarabjit's heart. I had expressed this to Sushma Swaraj too. My doubts turned out to be true. Kirpal's heart was also removed as it could have been used to test if poison was given," Kaur told the media here.
She further stated that she has asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to form a committee, which should visit the Pakistani jails and probe the matter without the interference of the concerned authorities from the other side of the border.
"They tried to show as if Kirpal died of heart attack. It's their conspiracy. This matter should be thoroughly probed. If the government is not serious with the other prisoners in Lahore and Peshawar jails then they might face the same outcome as Kirpal and Sarabjit," she added.
Kirpal's body was brought to his hometown in Mustafabad earlier today for last rites.
His body was handed over to the Indian officials at the Wagah Border yesterday.
The mystery over his death, however, continues as the post-mortem conducted at Amritsar Medical College could not arrive at a conclusion over the cause of this death.
The autopsy, which was conducted by a team of three doctors, says there were no external or internal injury marks on the body.
However, the heart and stomach were missing as they had been taken out during the first autopsy conducted at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore.
Doctors have preserved the viscera and sent it for lab tests to rule out poisoning.
The Pakistani officials claimed that he died of a heart attack but Indian authorities suspect that he was murdered.
Kirpal Singh's family members have alleged torture and foul play.
India has also vowed to raise Kirpal's death in Pakistan at the top level.
In 1991, Kirpal Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Pakistani authorities for allegedly spying and conducting terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan also alleged that he was involved in a bombing at Faisalabad Railway Station in 1991.
As per reports from Pakistan, Kirpal Singh was transferred to a hospital as his health deteriorated after which he succumbed to a heart attack.