Hanged man's widow afraid for her life

A WOMAN who vanished after her estranged husband hanged himself in Barking Park two years ago, is being detained by the immigration service. Parmjit Kaur, the widow of 38-year-old Kashmir Singh – found hanged from a tree on April 13, 2007 – moved between

A WOMAN who vanished after her estranged husband hanged himself in Barking Park two years ago, is being detained by the immigration service.

Parmjit Kaur, the widow of 38-year-old Kashmir Singh - found hanged from a tree on April 13, 2007 - moved between England, Wales and Scotland "fearing for her life", according to her solicitor Naeem Khan.

The Indian couple's visas had expired a month before Mr Singh's death and they had split up over "domestic issues" having left more than �40,000 of debts.

They were living at separate addresses.


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Mr Khan, 44, contacted the Recorder this week in a bid to clear her name, saying she had wrongly been held responsible for her husband's death at the Longbridge Road park.

Although she failed to come forward after renewed police appeals, her solicitor said she could not read or write and had been in a "terrible plight".

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On Monday, Mr Khan said she had been detained for a week after handing herself in to the UK immigration service and believes she could be cleared of any wrongdoing within days.

He said: "She has indicated her life is under threat. People here and in India believe she is responsible for what happened. She's not detained for any criminality, but for an immigration offence. We're hoping by the end of the week or 10 days she will be in the clear."

Barking and Dagenham Det Con Uppy Singh Ghatta-Aureh helped conduct Mr Singh's funeral with members of the Sikh temple in North Street, Barking, where Mr Singh prayed, because no family came forward.

Mr Khan added: "I'm trying to ensure justice is afforded to her and she is dealt with fairly in the way that she deserves.

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