Two officials of Gujarat Fisheries department from Veraval will go to Mumbai to receive the body of fisherman Bala Naran Singad and after
completing the required formalities, the body will be taken to his native village by road for which the state government has made all the arrangements, he said.

Singad hails from Sonari village, Una taluka of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat and died in a Karachi jail on 25th July. Learning about his death more than after a month on 28th August, the Indian High Commission office informed the Government.

Sudeep Kumar Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary to the Home department of Gujarat said the state government did not want matters to be delayed further and hence took immediate steps to complete the procedures to bring back Singad.

However, the Pakistani government has not mentioned anything over the release of his two brothers, also lodged in the same jail in Karachi, he said.

The state government had appealed for the release of the two brothers so that they can attend the last rites but nothing materialized said Veljibhai Masani, Senior Vice President of Gujarat Fishermen Association.

"It was a good opportunity for the Pakistani government to show its goodwill as it could have created a good impact and would have been a step towards normalizing the relationship between two countries," he said.

Meanwhile, Samjuben, wife of Singad said, "I learnt about the death of my husband through a letter written by his younger brother Bharat (lodged in Karachi jail) which was delivered to me 28th August."

The letter, written soon after my husband's death was not allowed to reach to me for more than one month, she alleged.

Samjuben, who is illiterate approached her village sarpanch Bhanabhai Solanki, who informed her about the demise.

It's over 50 days that the body of the fisherman is kept at Edhi Center in Karachi.

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