The mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, who had died in a Pakistan Jail on April 12, were consigned to flames in the presence of his relatives, friends, officials and villagers at Mustafabad Saidan, 7 km from Gurdaspur, on Wednesday. His nephew Ashwani Kumar lit the pyre.
Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal and SSP JS Hundal were among those who laid their last respects to the departed soul. Kirpal, as per the Pakistani authorities, had died of a cardiac arrest.
Punjab Pradesh Congress general secretary Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa and secretary Gurmeet Singh Pahra were present.
Kirpal’s ‘wife’ Paramjit Kaur, who resides at Ded Gawar village near Kalanaur, had also come to attend the funeral and insisted that the ashes be handed over to her, but the police asked her to leave.
Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarbjit Singh, who had died in the same jail in Pakistan after an assault in 2013, also attended the cremation.
Speaking to the media, Dalbir said she had given the list of 90 Indian prisoners laguishing in Pakistan jails to home minister Rajnath Singh and minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj, urging them to make efforts to get them released. She alleged like Sarbjit, Kirpal was also got “killed” by Pakistan government.
Meanwhile, Paramjit claimed that after her marriage with Kirpal, she lived for about 2-3 years with him. She said after he was arrested in Pakistan in 1992, she was forced by her in-laws to leave the house. Paramjit said she went to her parental house in Aujala village, but her parents were poor and couldn’t support her. She said she started living at Ded Gawar village with another man, who died a few years ago. The couple has three children— two sons and a daughter.
Kirpal’s sisters and brothers rejected the claims of Paramjit alleging she left the house when he was arrested in Pakistan to remarry. She is the mother of three children out of her “second marriage”. They said Paramjit had inherited the property of her “second husband”.
Deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said the administration would follow the directions of the government in connection with government benefits.