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May 04, 2013 at 09:28pm IST

No change in Sanaullah Haq's condition; security of other Pakistani prisoners tightened

Srinagar: Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq who was brutally assaulted in an attack inside the Jammu jail on Friday continues to remain critical but stable. According to a health bulletin on Saturday evening Sanaullah's neurological status continues to be same. "His condition is same that is in deep coma and is on a ventilator. Hence, he continues to be critically sick. The patient had metabolic alterations and coagulation abnormalities, which are being taken care of by concerned specialists and these are gradually being controlled, though they are not totally normal. His blood pressure had been going down, so a third vasopressor had to be added in the late morning," said an official of PGIMER, Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani consular team visited Sanaullah twice at the Chandigarh hospital to which he was flown yesterday. Haq, who is a Pakistani convicted of terrorism in India, was attacked at the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu. Meanwhile, the Indian convict who allegedly attacked him has been sent to seven-day police custody by a Jammu court.

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Earlier, the doctors told the Pakistan High Commission officials that the Pakistani prisoner was "bleeding profusely". Meanwhile, Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally look into the attack and ensure a thorough investigation.

As he is already undergoing life imprisonment in jail, Vinod's police custody was necessary for investigation into the case, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rajesh Kumar said. Probe in the case has started and senior police officers were at the crime scene today as well, the IGP said. "All necessary evidence has been collected. The weapon ofoffence - a brick has been recovered," he said adding that Vinod has been booked for the attack.

The evidence is being put together and a chargesheet will be prepared soon, he said. According to preliminary investigation, Sanaullah was working in the jail garden when he entered into an argument with Vinod, a former Army jawan serving life term for fratricide. He allegedly hit the Pakistani prisoner on the head with a brick.

Sanaullah, a Pakistani national serving a life sentence in Jammu's Kot Bhalwal Jail, was bludgeoned with a pickaxe by a fellow inmate, who is a former Indian Army man on Friday. The incident took place a day after Indian convict Sarabjit Singh, who was lodged in a Lahore jail, succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a brutal assault within the prison. Sanaullah is currently admitted at PGI, Chandigarh, where he was airlifted from Jammu for treatment.

The attack on the Pakistani prisoner has embarrassed both the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government. "It is a very unfortunate incident. Both countries need to secure each other's prisoners. They must separate the two nationalities," said Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Friday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has asked for a thorough investigation into the incident and India has assured full cooperation saying it will provide "whatever assistance will be needed" in the case. Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Friday asked his Indian counterpart to personally look into the incident and ensure a thorough investigation was conducted. "We have also called for Sanaullah Haq's evacuation to Pakistan on medical and humanitarian grounds. It is our expectation that the Indian government would ensure the safety of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails," he added.

Khoso also said both India and Pakistan should continue to make sincere efforts to avoid occurrence of such incidents and focus on the safety and security of prisoners in existing forums under the bilateral dialogue process.

India in turn has assured full support in the case. "Any form of personal injury caused in circumstances such as incarceration of prisoners is unacceptable and sad and we're therefore cooperating with Pakistani side giving them consular access. And we will give whatever assistance is needed and called for. But more facts, I hope, will emerge and we'll be in a better position to respond on the facts as the time goes by," said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

Sanuallah is serving a life term after being convicted under TADA provisions following his arrest in 1999. Two prison officials, including Jail Superintendent Rajni Sehgal, had been suspended by the Jammu and Kashmir government in connection with the assault.

With Additional Inputs from PTI