Avtar Singh Khanda family lawyer writes to UK home secretary calling for different police force to investigate his death – Times of India

Avtar Singh Khanda family lawyer writes to UK home secretary calling for different police force to investigate his death - Times of India

London: Michael PollackBarrister for the family of Avatar Singh Khanda, A Khalistani worker who died of blood cancer at Birmingham City Hospital, has written. UK Home Secretary James is cleverly requesting that a different Police force An inquiry into Khanda’s death should be ordered.
Khanda died of terminal blood cancer at Birmingham City Hospital on June 15 at the age of 35. He is said to have groomed Amrit Pal Singh, chief of Punjab D.K. Khanda’s father, Kulant Singh Khokhrana, leader of the Khalistan Liberation Force, was killed by Indian security forces in 1991.
Some British Sikhs believe that Khanda was poisoned.
“Our request, addressed to the Home Secretary, is made on the basis that West Midlands Police (WMP) did not investigate after first being told, and we think it is a reasonable request in all the circumstances of this case. , Polk said, referring to the failed assassination attempt of Gurpatunat Singh Pinan in the US and the assassination of Hardeep Singh Najjar (designated as a terrorist by India) in Canada.
The Home Secretary has the power to do so. Khanda’s family and community can no longer trust the WMP who are now under special measures for failing to investigate crimes under their jurisdiction. The WMP told the family and the coroner that they had carried out a thorough investigation, but had not spoken to his friends or visited his workplace or residence. It means they didn’t investigate. What have they done?”
Copies of the letter have been given to Security Minister Tom Tugendhat and Policing Minister Chris Philip. Polk has set a Dec. 29 deadline for a response.
Polk had earlier requested the chief coroner to open an inquest into Khanda’s death after the local coroner refused. The Chief Coroner replied that he had no authority to do so. Polk again contacted the local coroner. “She wrote back saying she still thought it didn’t meet the threshold of suspicious or unnatural death,” he said.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson told TOI: “West Midlands Police is satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances.”

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