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Indian landlord from London murdered in Punjab

world Updated: Jun 07, 2013 15:56 IST

The family of a 76-year-old London-based Indian landlord found murdered in India has sought help from British authorities to solve the case.

The body of Kulwant Singh Grewal, from Southall in west London, was found near Ludhiana on May 30.

The grandfather of two had gone to India to settle a property dispute in the Punjab courts and was last seen alive on May 16.

His family in the UK became concerned after he missed a court appearance and alerted the Indian police.

"My mother phoned me on my mobile and said to me, 'They've just found his body'. I just cried to myself," his son, Iqbal Grewal, told the BBC.

"He should be treated as a British citizen. He has worked here and paid taxes. The British government should help," the Berkshire-based businessman added.

His father, a commercial landlord who emigrated to the UK from Singapore in 1959, had lived and worked in London for 54 years.

However, he held a Singapore passport and was not a British citizen.

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it cannot not help as Grewal was not a British national but it had given the family a list of approved lawyers that could take up the case.