Jammu: 11:39 am: The Pakistan High Commission has taken up the attack on Sanaullah Haq with the Ministry of External Affairs and has sought consular access. Pakistan has sought a detailed report on the incident.
A day after Indian convict Sarabjit Singh died of a cardiac arrest in a Pakistan hospital following an assault by his fellow inmates in a Lahore jail, a Pakistani prisoner was beaten up by other inmates in a Jammu jail on Friday. The prisoner Sanaullah Haq was attacked by his fellow inmates in a cell of Central Jail Kotbhalwal on Friday morning.
The Pakistani prisoner is reported to have been severely injured and has been admitted to Jammu's government medical college. Officials says he is in the ICU and could be shifted to Chandigarh.
An inquiry has also been ordered into the incident. Speaking to CNN-IBN J&K Home Minister Sajjad Kichloo said, "This is unfortunate. I have directed Principal Secretary, Home, to initiate an inquiry." He also said that the Jail Superintendent Rajni Sehgal and other staff have been suspended.
Explaining the incident, CNN-IBN National Security Analyst Praveen Swami said, "An Indian prisoner, Vinod Kumar, attacked Sanaullah following an argument inside the jail. Vinod attacked Sanaullah with an axe. Sanaullah got severely injured at the right side of the head and his chest."
A case of assault was registered against Vinod Kumar, an ex-serviceman who is also serving a life term in the jail in the outskirts of Jammu. Kumar hails from Uttarakhand. The sources said the health condition of Sanaullah was stated to be very critical as he was hit with a very sharp weapon.
Sanaullah was arrested on April 1999 in connection with five cases related to terror activities. The attack occurred ahead of Sarabjit's funeral at his native village in Punjab. Following the death of 49-year-old Sarabjit in Pakistan, Union Home Ministry had issued advisories to all states for maintaining high vigil in jails and ensure there was no attack on any Pakistani prisoner lodged there. Excluding fishermen, there are about 220 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails. A similar number of Indians are lodged in Pakistani jails.
Following the incident the security of Pakistani prisoners lodged in jails in Uttar Pradesh has been beefed up. The state government has ordered that Pakistani prisoners be separated from Indian prisoners.
There have been massive demonstrations across India following the murderous assault on Sarabjit, who died in the wee hours of Thursday in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital.
(With additional information from PTI)