Member of Parliament Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday wrote to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, seeking her urgent attention towards transportation of the body of Rajinder Kumar Sharma, an Amritsar resident, who was shot dead in the US on Wednesday last.
In his letter to Swaraj, copies of which were also sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Arun Jaitely, Amarinder said the family was suffering as it had no clue as how to get the body for cremation and other rituals.
Rajinder Sharma belonged to Khandwala in Chheharta area of Amritsar and was in the US for about last three years. He was working at a gas station, where he was shot dead while on duty.
The Amritsar MP urged Swaraj to direct the Indian embassy in the US to make necessary arrangements to transport the body to India at the earliest.
"You can well imagine the trauma of the family that has lost its member in most tragic circumstances and are being made to wait indefinitely for the return of the body," he wrote in the letter, hoping that urgent initiative would be taken soon.
Meanwhile, Amarinder regretted that none of the government officials contacted the grief-stricken family so far. "We need to treat our citizens working in different parts of the world respectfully and also respect the sentiments of their family members in their hour of grief," he said.
The embassy staff should also be told to handle such matters with care and urgency, he added.