THE DEADLY REMAINS of Hamir Hamza, a Pakistani national who died in June this year while being held in a detention center in Bhuj after being detained for allegedly crossing the Indo-Pakistan border at Kutch in 2017, have been handed over Pakistani authorities on Wednesday, police said.
The repatriation of Hamir’s body comes around two weeks after another man believed to be a Pakistani national and detained in Bhuj was buried in Jamnagar on August 27 after his nationality could not be established even after his death in January. of this year.
Hamir, who was in his 50s, died of illness on June 13 this year while being treated at GK General Hospital in Bhuj, the seat of Kutch district. His body was taken to the Guru Gobind Singh Government General Hospital (GG Hospital) in Jamnagar for a forensic autopsy. But since the morgue at GG Hospital was full, Hamir’s body was taken back to Bhuj and kept at GK General Hospital, police said. “After verification of his nationality, the mortal remains of Hamir were handed over to the Pakistani authorities on September 15 at the border of Wagah, in Punjab,” a police officer from Kutch (west) told Indian Express.
Police said Hamir was arrested by border security forces after allegedly crossing the Indian side of the Indo-Pakistan border in 2017.