Amritsar: The native village of Sarabjit Singh in Punjab plunged into deeper grief as his mortal remains reached Amritsar. Among the mourners were his relatives, villagers and friends. The news of Sarabjit’s death had not only shattered his family but also a few who shared their childhood days with him.

Satpal Singh, the childhood friend of Sarbajit is finding difficult to come to terms with Sarabjit’s death. The grief-stricken Satpal was seen wandering in village streets in search of his childhood friend. Owner of a dhaba in Bhikwindi, Satpal was in deep grief and his hopes shattered after hearing the news of the death of his closest pal.

Satpal recalled how they both used to share their lunch. The friendship of Satpal and Sarabjit was an inspiration for everyone in the small village of Bhikhiwind. Satpal’s dhaba was closed on Thursday, the day when Sarabjit’s mortal reached Amritsar by a special flight from Lahore. The long hopeful wait of Satpal came to a sad end.

Satpal recalled how he made efforts to meet his close friend but his attempts went in vain. “I spent sleepless nights thinking about my friend. Every day I used to hope to hear some good news of Sarabjit’s release. After 23 years, my friend returned, but in a coffin. I will never be able to meet Sarabjit. I have lost him forever.”

Sarbajit’s other friends wailed as they remembered him. The villagers claimed nothing could make up for Sarabjit’s loss. One of Sarabjit’s friends, Mannjinder Singh said, “Pakistan has defamed a pure soul like Sarabjit by calling him a terrorist. He was an innocent and honest man and not a terrorist.”

JPN/Bureau

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