British girl dies in Punjab hospital,kin say ‘murdered to harvest organs’

Parents of 8-year-old British Sikh schoolgirl allege their daughter was killed by health workers in India.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:May 14, 2013 1:38 am

The parents of an eight-year-old British Sikh schoolgirl have alleged that their daughter was killed by health workers in India in a failed attempt to harvest her organs.

Gurkiren Kaur Loyal was being treated for dehydration in a small clinic at Khanna on April 2 in Punjab when staff reportedly gave her a “mystery” injection.

“Within a split-second Gurkiren’s head flipped back,her eyes rolled in her head,and the colour completely drained from her. I knew they had killed her on the spot. I knew my innocent child had been murdered,” her mother Amrit Kaur Loyal told the Birmingham Mail.

She was then transferred to the nearby Rajendra Hospital in Patiala,where she died and her organs were removed during the course of a post-mortem. “The hospital in Patiala had assured the family that the post-mortem was necessary but would be conducted in a humane manner but now the coroner in Birmingham has found that all her organs are missing,” said local Handsworth ward councillor for Birmingham City Council Narinder Kooner,who is leading a campaign to press UK and Indian governments to take action.

“We are demanding that the organs be returned to Britain so that a proper inquest can be carried out by the coroner here,” she added.

Birmingham coroner Aidan Cotter has meanwhile,opened and adjourned an inquest into the death of Gurkiren as further information is awaited from India.

“A post-mortem examination was carried out,but we were unable to ascertain a cause of death. We are doing everything we can to help the family,” a spokesperson for the coroner’s office said.

According to Gurkiren’s family,the girl was subjected to a “medieval” post-mortem during which all her major organs were removed in a bid to hide the truth of how she had been killed.

It was only once her body was flown home to Britain that they discovered her organs were missing and only her eyes remained. Local police are believed to have taken their statements but the family is unsure if a proper investigation was carried out.

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