The Australian family that has been preserving the last remains of Pooran Singh for 63 years was unable to locate his descendants, to whom it could hand them over.
But now it can do so, because Hindustan Times on Friday tracked down Singh’s family members in Uppal Bhupa village, 35 km south of Jalandhar.
Singh migrated to Australia in 1899 and remained there till his death on June 8, 1947. His ashes are in the custody of the Guyett family, which organised his funeral.
Pooran’s grand-nephew Amar Singh (80) said, “We are thankful to the family. Our family got a telegram in 1947 from Australia, informing us about the death of Pooran Singh. As we were not well-off, it was impossible for us to reach Australia to perform his last rites,” said Naseeb Kaur, Amar Singh’s wife.
“Due to a financial crunch, it will not be possible for us to bring back the ashes. If the family can arrange to send us the ashes, it will be another kind gesture,” Amar Singh said.