Ray of hope for family struggling to get back kin’s body from the US

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2015 09:56 IST

In what brings the first ray of hope for a grief-stricken family at Salluwal village since it heard the news of their kin’s death at Los Angeles in California on March 19, Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi and members of the district administration have assured the family of all possible help in getting back the body of the 45-year-old to the country from the US.

A native of Salluwal village in the district, Narinder Singh, a cook at a restaurant at Los Angeles in California, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on March 19.

On Saturday, the family met Gandhi, who later claimed to have written a letter to union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to immediately look into the matter.

“I have written an email to the minister to deal with the case on priority basis, since Narinder’s body has been rotting in the US,” he said.

“I have asked the union ministry to ask the Indian embassy in the US to make arrangements to transport Narinder’s body to India. In another option, the ministry must impress upon the US embassy in New Delhi to issue emergency visas to descendants of the deceased so that they can perform his last rites,” Gandhi said.

Interestingly, almost three weeks after the death, family remains unclear on the cause of death and was informed of the tragedy over phone by roommates of the deceased.

After HT highlighted the issue on Saturday, leaders from several party leaders visited the family and offered help and support. However, no one from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is to visit the place so far.

Patiala deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said had he had asked administrative officials in Nabha to prepare a detailed report so that a presentation should be made.

“The US Embassy has already denied visas to the aggrieved family, but using my special powers, I would prepare a special case and present the same again, requesting them to issue immediate visas to family members,” Roojam said.

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