Wednesday, March 02, 2016

‘Mystery’ body flown to UK not that of NRI

London: In a major goof-up, the body of a mystery man has been mistakenly flown from India to the UK, believing it was that of a 54-year-old Indian-origin British hotelier who was allegedly murdered last May during a visit to the country. The body was today handed over to the UK social services.
Indian authorities had sent the body believing it was that of Ranjit Singh Power, allegedly murdered during a visit to Punjab 10 months ago. Officials thought the corpse, one of five pulled from a river in Punjab, was of the missing hotelier but dental records and DNA testing proved the body was not his. “It remains unascertained. I can’t be clear how he died. He was one of five males pulled from a river in Punjab. I have to give it an open conclusion. Sadly, that's as far as I can take this. No one is coming forward," said Zafar Siddique, coroner for the Black Country region of West Midlands. The body cannot be repatriated to India and a funeral will be conducted by social services, although the DNA would be retained in case of further inquiries. A post-mortem examination estimated the dead man's age as 50 plus, but was not able to ascertain the cause of death.
Power had been last seen at the Amritsar airport on May 8, 2015, before his UK-based family launched a search for him. Taxi driver Sukhdev Singh has been charged with his murder and is awaiting trial after police said he has confessed to the killing and divers found a body in a canal in Ropar.
02/03/16 Tribune
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