Sister of Kirpal Singh, who died recently in a Pakistani jail under mysterious circumstances, today met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and sought his support in bringing back her brother’s body from the neighbouring country.
“We want Kirpal’s body to be brought back here from Pakistan...his body should be brought back for final rites so that we can get a sense of relief.
“In the meeting, the Chief Minister said he will help in bringing back the body here from Pakistan. He (Kejriwal) said that he would help us in whatever way he can,” Jagir Kaur said after meeting Kejriwal at his residence here.
Delhi government sources said she sought a probe into her brother’s death. 50-year-old Kirpal was languishing in a Lahore jail for nearly 25 years on spying charges.
Jagir was accompanied by Dalbir Kaur, sister of another Indian, Sarabjit Singh who had also died in the Pakistani jail in May 2013.
Dalbir said during the meeting, Kejriwal expressed his condolence and said he might attend a prayer meeting to be held for Kirpal.
Dalbir said she also urged Kejriwal to make movie ‘Sarbjit’, based on life of her brother, tax-free in the national capital.
“In meeting with the Chief Minister, I sought help to put pressure on Pakistan to free Indian prisoners who are lodged in jail there. Kejriwal knew that Kirpal’s family members are in Delhi and in view of this, he called them,” she said. Pakistan has said Kirpal had died of a heart attack at a jail in Lahore on April 11.
Kirpal had allegedly crossed over to Pakistan through Wagah border in 1992 and was arrested. He was sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Kirpal, who hailed from Gurdaspur, was reportedly acquitted of charges related to bomb blasts by the Lahore High Court but his death sentence could not be commuted due to unknown reasons.