Residents of Mustafabad Saidan village waited all day to offer hero’s welcome to Kirpal Singh’s body here on Tuesday.
The body, however, has been kept in the mortuary of the Gurdaspur civil hospital, as it arrived too late for the cremation to take place. Deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said the last rites will take place at his native village on Wednesday.
Kirpal Singh’s cousin Varinder Kaur, a resident of Mustafabad Saidan, said that in his letters from Pakistan, he used to ask his brother Jagir Lal and other family members to urge the Indian government to make efforts for his release. Kaur said because of poverty, they could not do much to help him.
Varinder Kaur said Kirpal used to write for things of daily use and eatables like dry fruit besides ‘kurta pyjamas’, which were sent to him through parcel. The family said Kirpal, in his letters, never mentioned about being suffering from any disease.
The villagers demanded sufficient compensation for Kirpal Singh’s kin besides a memorial in his name.