Assault comes a day after Sarabjit's death died in Lahore
Just a day after Indian prisoner Sarbjit Singh died in a Lahore hospital following a brutal attack from jail inmates, a Pakistani prisoner was attacked by an inmate inside the high-security Kot Balwal jail in Jammu on Friday, injuring him critically.
Official sources said Sanaullah Haq, 52, from Pakistan’s Sialkot, was seriously injured in the attack and was shifted to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh for treatment.
They said that the incident occurred around 8 am when some of the prisoners, including Sannaullah, were gardening inside the jail as usual.
According to a preliminary probe, Sanaullah entered into an argument with Vinod Kumar, a fellow inmate serving a life term in another case.
Official sources said the argument turned violent and Kumar, an ex-serviceman hailing from Uttarakhand, hit Sanaullah with bricks and a shovel on his head.
A case for attempt to murder has been registered against Kumar. In Chandigarh, doctors at PGIMER said late in the evening that the Pakistani prisoner was on ventilator support.
Sources said he is critical and unconscious. He is being treated for multiple head injuries at the Trauma ICU. Doctors said injuries with a large fracture in the head had been detected.
Sanaullah was brought to the hospital at 6:47 pm. “The CT scan there showed multiple contusions with severe brain edema. He is unconscious and is on dopamine and noradrenaline infusions to maintain his blood pressure. His urine output appears to be adequate,” doctors said. “Further treatment including neurosurgical intervention will depend on his stabilisation and neurological status,” they said.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government suspended two prison officials, including the jail superintendent, and ordered a probe into the attack on the Pakistani prisoner. Official sources said Director General of Prison K Rajendra asked the officials to submit preliminary report of the incident. “Based on the preliminary probe, the DGP ordered suspension of two prison officials including jail superintendent Rajni Sehgal,” they said.Rajendra said a detailed enquiry has been ordered into the incident.
After Sanaullah was airlifted from Jammu to Chandigarh, India granted High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi consular access to the injured prisoner and issued necessary travel permits.Islamabad, however, asked New Delhi to repatriate Sanaullah to Pakistan on humanitarian grounds so that he could receive medical treatment in his own country.
A spokesman of the High Commission of Pakistan said that Islamabad had also asked New Delhi to share with it detailed information about the incident and medical facilities for the victim and security of other Pakistani citizens imprisoned in India. Altogether 535 Indian prisoners, including 483 fishermen, are lodged in the jails of Pakistan.
New Delhi told Islamabad that an advisory had been issued to strengthen security for Pakistani prisoners in jails across India. “Safety and security of prisoners in custody lies with the jail authorities and necessary action is being taken,” the MEA stated.