Bhikhiwind (Punjab), May 3, 2013
Tens of thousands of people thronged Bhikhiwind town on Friday to be part of the last journey of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner killed in a brutal attack in a Pakistani prison.
The town saw an unprecedented number of people arriving since morning, wanting to show solidarity with Sarabjit. Police had a tough time controlling the sea of humanity that had converged for the cremation.
The crowds, which braved the blazing sun, shouted slogans against Pakistan and its leaders.
Every vantage point — be it a wall, roof, pole, vehicle or anything else — was taken over by people.
Sarabjit will be cremated with full State honours. A number of politicians and others are expected to attend the cremation.
The Punjab government has announced a three-day State mourning for Sarabjit.
The body, placed in a wooden coffin and draped in the tricolour, was brought for its final journey to Bhikhiwind past midnight.
His family and friends wailed as the body was brought to his house, marking the end of his journey of torture and despair that lasted nearly 23 years.