Ex-Punjab cop says son has died mysteriously while trying to enter US via ‘donkey flights’, seeks govt help
A retired Punjab Police inspector has claimed that his son has died under mysterious circumstances in Colombia while going to the US through “donkey flights”, which is an illegal and backdoor way to reach the destination country. On Tuesday, Gurbachan Singh appealed to the government to help him bring back the body of his son, Palwinder Singh.
The 39-year-old, who hailed from Bains Awan village in Tanda from Hoshiarpur district, had left for the US on December 4. Gurbachan Singh said his son had paid Rs 6 lakh out of Rs 25 lakh demanded by a travel agent for a tourist visa. He added that Palwinder took a flight to Ecuador from Delhi and from there he reached Colombia to board the connecting flight.
The retired inspector told The Indian Express that the family was informed about Palwinder’s death by another Punjabi youth who was travelling with him. “We received a call from Colombia from another youth who is from Tanda’s Miani village and was also going to the US along with my son,” Singh said.
He, however, said the reason behind Palwinder’s death was not revealed to the family. “He was hail and hearty when he left India and see what happened in a week. They did not give us any valid reason for his death,” he said.
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