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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 23/09/2012

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Indian Embassy in Muscat has said that it is 'looking into' Indian media reports about an alleged Prisoner of War (PoW) from the India-Pakistan war in 1971, who was presumed dead, having been spotted in Oman.Media reports in India claimed that 70 year old Jaspal Singh was spotted by an Indian carpenter in a 'jail' in Masirah Islands.The carpenter who hails from Punjab, the same Indian state as Singh, conveyed the information to the soldier's family, the reports said. They added that the carpenter, Sukhdev Singh, worked in the kitchen of the 'jail' for ten days which was when he claimed to have met the prisoner. The carpenter reportedly claimed that Jaspal Singh told him he was shipped to Oman six years after his capture by Pakistani forces in December 1971.When contacted by Muscat Daily, a senior Indian Embassy official in Oman said, ''We are aware of the news and have gone through all the reports in the Indian media. I assure that we are looking into the matter and taking the appropriate steps in the best interests of everyone.''The Pakistani Embassy in Muscat said that they were unaware of the reports, which also said that Jaspal Singh's family has approached the Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh to ensure that he is located and returned to India.

 






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