Illegal migrants’ abandoned son finds way back home

Gurrinderjit to celebrate his 12th birthday with family in Punjab


18th March 2010: Abandoned by his Indian parents after they moved to Europe as `illegal immigrants’, Gurrinderjit is all set to celebrate his 12th birthday on 21 April with his family in the Indian state of Punjab.

He was left behind his parents in London two years ago, but can now return home to his ancestral village, with the authorities granting him temporary travel documents.

Gurrinderjit Singh was discovered at a bus stop in Southall in west London. At present he is living in foster care in the UK. He was denied travel documents because neither of his parents was available to support his application at India’s high commission in London.

The decision to allow him to return to India comes soon after the London Borough of Ealing moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh.

As the case came up, the Indian ministry of external affairs informed Justice A.K. Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that Gurrinderjit has been granted an emergency certificate for travel.

According to the counsel for London Borough his father Mohinder Singh is living in Italy and mother Deepinder Kaur is reported to be in the UK. So far, they have not been traced.

He is expected to be handed over to his paternal uncle, Kuldip Singh, a farmer in Punjab state.

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