Bhikhiwind, May 3. The Government Senior Secondary School where the body of Sarabjit Singh was kept, saw a constant stream of visitors with residents from various parts of the district paying respects to the deceased.
Nishan Singh said he had come on his cycle from Daliree village,10 km from here, to pay homage. Major Singh of Algo village said he had travelled 8 km to pay tributes. Banka Khurd sarpanch Gurdatar Singh and his supporters too attended the last rites.
But Dalbir Kaur of Manochahal village said she was disappointed as she was not allowed to enter the school.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Kulwant Kaur and Amarjeet Kaur who had come with their young children.
Kulwant Kaur of Bhikhiwind said: “We have been here since morning but we are not being allowed in. We are proud to belong to the same village as Sarabjit.”
Gurjeet Kaur, who travelled from Ferozepur, said her father Jagraj Singh, an Army man, was declared a “martyr” after the 1971 war. She claimed that they came to know in July last that he was alive and lodged in a Pakistan jail. She said her father was posted in the Ferozepur Sector at the time of the war.
She said the Indian Government should make all efforts to get Indian prisoners in Pakistan jails released.
Sects led by Baba Darshan Singh and Baba Daya Singh organised mobile ‘langar’ while village residents served sweet water to the visitors.