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Sikh Community holds vigil for people killed in Punjab

A candlelight vigil will be held in Leicester today for the people killed and injured in Punjab in India.

Two people were killed by police in demonstrations across the Punjab Credit: Sikh Channel

Members of the Sikh community will gather at Leicester's Clock Tower in solidarity today with those affected by recent protests in India.

Two people were killed by police in demonstrations across the Punjab over the desecration of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib.


Midlands MP calls for statement on new Amritsar claims

Golden temple siege Credit: ITV News

Tom Watson - the Labour MP for West Bromwich - has called on the government to make an 'urgent statement' about new claims of British Government involvement in a attack on Sikhs in India 30 years ago.

It comes after an Indian TV station suggested that SAS officers trained Indian forces before the Golden Temple siege in Amritsar.

The Prime Minister has said he is investigating but Tom Watson wants the government to address the House of Commons immediately.

Indian Visa Centre opens doors to the public

The first Indian Visa Centre opened its doors in Leicester today.

After a twenty-year campaign to establish such a centre in the city, the long wait was brought to an end when the doors opened at 11:30 this morning.

Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, officially opened the centre and said:

I cannot believe that after so many years of campaigning it has

finally become a reality. It is a wonderful gift to Leicester.

The centre will be initially open every Friday, between 10am-2pm, with additional days to follow provided there is sufficient demand.

Family order DNA tests on organs returned to UK

The family of an eight-year-old Birmingham girl who died while on holiday in India have revealed they are to order DNA tests to ensure the organs repatriated today are actually hers.

Gurkiren Kaur Loyal went to a clinic in the Punjab suffering from dehydration, where she died - and when her body was returned to the UK, it was discovered her organs had been removed.

Doctors in India have now returned organs to the UK - but her mother told ITV News Central they will be getting a DNA test to ensure they really belong to her daughter.

She described the pain of losing the child as "totally numbing".

Callum Watkinson has the full story.

Girl's organs expected back in UK

Gurkiren Kaur Loyal died in India on April 2 Credit: BPM Media

The parents of an eight-year-old girl from Birmingham, who died while on holiday in India, have told ITV News Central her missing organs are expected back in the UK today.

Gurkiren Kaur Loyal went to a clinic in the Punjab suffering from dehydration. She died in the hospital, but when her body was brought back to England, many of her major organs were missing.

Doctors in India said they were kept for further tests to be carried out.

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