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Vishal Sally, Hindustan Times
Jeevan Nangal, July 18, 2014
A pall of gloom descended on this village on Friday morning as the body of Shamsher Singh, who died in Dubai after falling ill while on his way from Iraq to India, arrived at his native village. Twenty-two-year-old Shamsher Singh had gone to Iraq in February. But after the situation worsened in Iraq, he along with 11 others, decided to return to India, and on June 23, while he was coming to India, he fell ill after which he was admitted to Kuwaiti Hospital in Dubai, where he died on July 8.

With tears in her eyes, Sharanjeet Kaur, mother of the deceased, said that due to the poor financial condition of the family, Shamsher could not get secondary education but he was keen to provide quality education to his younger brothers.

In February, the family raised a loan of Rs. 1.5 lakh after mortgaging their house and sent Shamsher to Iraq, where he worked as a painter in a construction company. When the family came to know that he was returning home due to the political crisis in Iraq, they were eagerly waiting for him, but all their hopes were shattered when they got a call from Dubai that Shamsher had died of illness.

Accompanying the body, Dubai-based businessman, SP Singh Oberoi, who bore all hospital and travel expenses of Shamsher, said the Sarbat Da Bhalla charitable trust chaired by him would pay a monthly pension of Rs. 10,000 to the family.

He said he would also pay for the education of Shamsher's two younger brothers, Jugraj Singh and Rajwinder Singh, and later arrange jobs for them. He said he was willing to pay for the travel expenses of all Punjabi boys stranded in Iraq.