In an unprecedented goof-up, the body of a mystery man was mistakenly flown from India to the UK, believing it was that of a 54-year-old NRI British hotelier Ranjit Singh Power, who was allegedly murdered during a visit to Punjab 10 months ago.
Officials in India thought the corpse was one of five pulled from a river in Punjab, but dental records and DNA testing proved the body was not Power’s.
The body cannot be repatriated to India and a funeral will be conducted by social services, although the DNA will be retained in case of further inquiries. The body was handed over to the UK social services.
Power was last seen at Amritsar in May 2015. Taxi driver Sukhdev Singh was charged with his murder and is awaiting trial after police said he confessed to the killing.
Power’s UK based family including his partner Angela Bir have stressed that the family is focused upon justice and are working with police in Punjab to help in any way they can. They have since launched the Ranjit Singh Power Foundation Trust to support orphans and children with cancer. The family initially offered 10,000 pounds for information leading to their father’s return, and they later raised the amount to 25,000 pounds.