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Death of Indian: Acting Indian High Commissioner to Take Up Issue With Pakistan

India's acting High Commissioner in Islamabad will seek a meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Office in connection with the death of an Indian under mysterious circumstances in a Lahore jail. Credit: ANI

India’s acting High Commissioner in Islamabad will seek a meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Office in connection with the death of an Indian under mysterious circumstances in a Lahore jail. Credit: ANI

New Delhi: India today asked its acting High Commissioner in Islamabad to seek a meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Office in connection with the death of an Indian under mysterious circumstances in a Lahore jail.

The envoy has also been instructed to seek an early transfer of the mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, who was found dead in his cell where he had been languishing for over 20 years in connection with a serial blasts case there. He was found dead in his cell on Monday under mysterious circumstances.

“On Kirpal Singh, our acting high commissioner in Islamabad has been instructed to seek a meeting at the highest possible level in Pakistan Foreign Office this forenoon to seek early transportation of Singh’s mortal remains. He will also seek official information on the cause of the death and postmortem report,” said Vikas Swaroop, the spokesperson for the external affairs ministry.

Fifty-year-old Singh had been languishing in a Pakistani jail for nearly 25 years on spying charges. He was arrested in 1992 after allegedly crossing the Wagah border into Pakistan, and was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Singh, who hailed from Gurdaspur, was reportedly acquitted of charges in the bomb blast case by the Lahore high court but his death sentence could not be commuted for unknown reasons.

Jagir Kaur, his sister, earlier said the family could not raise voice for his release due to financial constraints and no politician came forward to plead his case.