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Grief-stricken father struggles to get back son’s body from the US

A distraught family at Salluwal village in the district has been running from pillar to post to bring the body of their kin, found dead under mysterious circumstances, from the United States of America for nearly a month now.

punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2015 17:55 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Narinder-Singh-45
Narinder-Singh-45

A distraught family at Salluwal village in the district has been running from pillar to post to bring the body of their kin, found dead under mysterious circumstances, from the United States of America for nearly a month now.

Narinder Singh, 45, a cook at a restaurant at Los Angeles in California, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on March 19. The family here remains unclear on the cause of death and was informed of the tragedy over phone by roommates of the deceased. The local police (in the US) are yet to register a case, the family has claimed.

Since that call on March 19 evening, the family has spent sleepless nights and has explored all possible avenues to get back the body. They have not succeeded, with the local administration and the state machinery remaining deaf to their pleas.

“As soon as we received the news, we applied for emergency visas to visit the US to enable us to perform the last rites of my husband and to bring back his ashes. However, the US embassy rejected our application,” Sukhpal Kaur, the wife of Narinder claimed.

“The central government must take up the issue of the mysterious death of my husband and allow us to get back the body. We have approached the US embassy twice, even after our visa applications were rejected, but to no avail,” Sukhpal said.
She added that the state government and the local machinery had failed to be of any help, even as she was not unaware of the cause behind her husband’s death.

“My husband spoke to my daughter via video chat on March 19. A few hours later, one of his roommates called us to say that he was dead,” she added.

Sahib Singh, the father of the deceased, said, “Since receiving the news, we have had sleepless nights. The Punjab and the Central government must intervene immediately and help us get back the body. I want to see my son for the last time.”

Narinder’s children — Sumanpreet Kaur (18) and a son Kamalpreet Singh (15) — have not attended school since the death of their father.

Meanwhile, Nabha MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who visited the family on Friday, said he had contacted Nabha SDM and the deputy superintendent of police and asked them to represent the case before the state government.

“A strong and proper representation will be made to state government at the earliest so that the authorities intervene and request the Centre for timely intervention to ensure that the family gets the body,” Dharamsot said.

My husband spoke to my daughter via video chat on March 19. A few hours later, one of his roommates called us to say that he was dead. The central government must help us get the body as the US embassy rejected our visa application.

Sukhpal Kaur, wife of the deceased

A representation will be made to state government at the earliest so that the authorities intervene and request the Centre for timely intervention to ensure that the family gets the body.

Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Nabha MLA