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Sarabjit Singh cremated with state honours

3 May 2013

Thousands of people flocked to this dusty Punjab town, Bikhiwind, since early Friday to catch a last glimpse of Sarabjit Singh, who was killed in a brutal attack in a prison in Lahore. The Punjab government has announced a three-day state mourning for Sarabjit. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi flew into this Punjab town from New Delhi for the cremation. He got off from his car and walked some distance to reach the cremation ground. Gandhi remained with Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur for some time just before she lit the pyre of the brother for whose life she fought bravely over the years. The Congress leader placed a wreath on Sarabjit's coffin. Before the pyre was lit, he walked back to it and placed wood on it. The 49-year-old Sarabjit received fatal injuries in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail when he was brutally assaulted by fellow prisoners with bricks and sharp-edged things.

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