Body of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh brought back to the country

Amritsar: The body of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died in suspicious circumstances in a Lahore jail last week, was brought back to India on Tuesday.

A family member holds up Kirpal Singh's photograph. AFP

A family member holds up Kirpal Singh's photograph. AFP

Pakistani authorities handed over the body to Border Security Force (BSF) officials at the Attari-Wagah land border check post after completing necessary formalities.

Close relatives and residents of Kirpal Singh's village were present at Attari, 30 km from here, when the body was brought back to India.

Kirpal Singh, a former serviceman, had been lodged in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat prison since 1992. He died on 11 April.

Pakistani authorities had labelled him a spy and got him convicted for terror attacks inside Pakistan.

While Pakistan attributed his death to heart attack, his family has alleged he was murdered in prison. Kirpal Singh, the family has maintained, had inadvertently crossed into Pakistan and was arrested and charged with spying by Pakistan authorities.

Updated Date: Apr 19, 2016 15:48 PM

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