Family demands body of Indian prisoner killed in Pak jail for last rites

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 04:46 hrs

New Delhi: Bereaved family members of Indian prisoner Chhamel Singh who was beaten to death in a Pakistan jail, have reportedly asked the neighbouring country to hand over his body for last rites.

"Whatever has happened, we just want the body to be returned back, this all I can request the government, my children do not have permanent jobs, and they work contractually. So we request the government to send us the body so that we can see his face for the last time," said Kamlesh Devi, wife of the deceased Indian prisoner.

Singh a 40-year old man was allegedly thrashed to death by Pakistan prison authorities, where he was serving his term for illegally crossing the border.

The deceased was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Pakistan court in August 2010. He died on January 15, 2013.

According to local media, Pakistani lawyer Tehseen Khan, who was lodged in the same prison, said the authorities passed racist remarks against Indians, to which Singh objected.

Singh's body has been lying in a mortuary in Jinnah hospital for over a week and the Pakistan authorities have not yet made any arrangements to return the body to India.

Meanwhile Singh's young son Deepak Singh slammed Pakistan over the barbaric act and raised questions over the safety of Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails.

"It was clearly written in the newspapers what they did to my father. It was horrific, I am wondering how our troops must have been handled by them. We want justice from the government. We want government to send my father's body back so that we can perform his last rites," said Singh.

Chhamel Singh was arrested and convicted for espionage in Pakistan in 2008.

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