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Family of dead prisoner demands body from Pak

Jammu, Jan 28: The family of prisoner Chamel Singh, who died in a Pakistani jail after he was reportedly beaten up by the prison staff, today requested the Central government to intervene in bringing his

PTI Updated on: January 28, 2013 19:43 IST
family of dead prisoner demands body from pak
family of dead prisoner demands body from pak

Jammu, Jan 28: The family of prisoner Chamel Singh, who died in a Pakistani jail after he was reportedly beaten up by the prison staff, today requested the Central government to intervene in bringing his body from the neighbouring country.  




“We demand the body of my father from Pakistan. We urge the Union government to intervene and take up the matter with Islamabad,” Dara Singh, son of Chamel Singh, who was lodged in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore at the time of his death, said.

Dara Singh, accompanied by over 100 villagers, presented a petition in this regard to Divisional Commissioner Pradeep Gupta to be handed over to the Centre. 

“We have given a petition to the DC who has promised us to take up the issue with concerned authorities for return of the body of our father from Pakistan,” Dara told reporters here.

“According to media reports, Pakistan authorities have said if the Indian government takes up the matter, they will return the body,” he said.

“So, we urge the government to take up the issue with Pakistan,” Dara Singh, whose mother Kamlesh Devi was present at the press conference, said.

“My husband had written a letter to us that his jail term is completing and he will return in two to three months,” Kamlesh said.

“He wrote to us he was hale and hearty,” she said. Media reports said Chamel Singh, a resident of Pargwal area in Jammu, was “mercilessly beaten” by the prison staff in Kot Lakhpat jail.
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