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Doc rules out foul play in Kirpal Singh’s death

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Amritsar: Dr. Ashok Chawla, head of a team of doctors who conducted a second post-mortem on Kirpal Singh’s body, an Indian prisoner who died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani jail, said he did not find any kind of foul play in the case.

“In the course of post-mortem, no external or internal injury was found on the body,” said Dr. Chawla of Government Medical College here.

Dr. Chawla, however, said some organs were found missing from Singh’s body.

“We found that some of the organs, they were missing, because when the post-mortem is done certain organs are taken to test to find out whether there is any disease or not. Similarly, in such cases some of the organs are missing and rest of the (organs) which were present there, we took out portions of those organs and we sent them for testing for the disease as well as for poisoning to the concern laboratory,” said Dr. Chawla.

The body of Singh was handed over to his family after the post-mortem.

Earlier in the day, the mortal remains of Kirpal Singh were received by Indians officials at the Attari border near here.

The body was taken to a government hospital where a second autopsy was conducted, as requested by Singh’s family members, who had rejected Pakistan’s claim that he died of heart attack.

Even as the Pakistani authorities are claiming that Singh died of a heart attack, his kin said he was murdered and had sought a probe.

Earlier, a post-mortem was done at the Jinnah hospital in Lahore before the body was handed over to the Indian authorities.

Family members carried Singh’s body to their native village in Gurdaspur district in an open vehicle as they shouted slogans against Pakistan along the way.

Kirpal Singh, 54, died at a hospital in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat Jail on April 11. He had been in prison since 1991 when he was arrested in Pakistan.

A Pakistani court had sentenced him to death for spying and for his alleged involvement in a 1991 bombing of Faisalabad Railway Station. (ANI)

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