New Delhi/Amritsar: Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who died in Pakistan, will be cremated in his hometown Bhikhiwind in Punjab's border district of Tarn Taran on Friday.

Sarabjit Singh’s body reaches India

The Punjab government had on Thursday announced that Sarabjit Singh would be given a state-level funeral. It also announced that both daughters of Sarabjit Singh would be given government jobs. Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, an MP from Patiala, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his deputy Sukhbir Badal and a number of leaders are expected to attend the last rites of Sarabjit.

Sarabjit’s body airlifted

Sarabjit’s body was brought to Amritsar onboard a special Air India aircraft from Lahore on Thursday night. Before handing over the body to the family, a second post-mortem was also conducted. Sarabjit's family signed the papers allowing a post-mortem to be conducted in India, saying that they had no trust in the autopsy conducted by a medical board in Pakistan. The first autopsy was conducted at Pakistan's Jinnah Hospital.

Sarabjit, 49, had suffered critical head injuries after an unprovoked and sudden assault by five to six prisoners on April 26 in the Kot Lakhpat jail. Sarabjit, a resident of Bhikhiwind town, was on death row in Pakistan since 1990 after being convicted by Pakistani courts for bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan, which left 14 people dead.

Sarabjit's family claimed that he was innocent and was arrested when he crossed over to Pakistan in an inebriated state. Police in Pakistan, however, claimed that Sarabjit Singh, known as Manjit Singh, was involved in terrorist strikes.

(JPN/Agencies)

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