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Mar 28, 2013 at 04:24pm IST

Protests in J&K against torture, death of Indian prisoner in Pakistan

Srinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party and Panther's Party MLAs held protests at the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Thursday against the alleged torture and death of Indian prisoner Chamel Singh in Pakistan.

An initial autopsy report had indicated that the 40-year-old was beaten to death inside a Lahore jail. The Jammu and Kashmir government had on Wednesday said that it will approach the Centre to seek the post-mortem report.

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While the Centre says it has been raising the issue with Pakistan, Islamabad maintained a probe is already underway. The Ministry of External Affairs has responded to the issue saying, "The High Commission of India has taken up the case with the Pakistan foreign ministry several times since January and has also brought it up with Pakistan High Commission officials in Delhi, especially after Chamel Singh's body was returned on March 13. We will continue to raise our concerns on the case with Pakistani government."

Big questions:

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- Why did Pakistan officials take two months to conduct an autopsy on Chamel Singh?

- Why has the Lahore Court dismissed petitions to order an inquiry into the cause of his death?

- Will chemical autopsy report due in two weeks shed any light in the case?

- Despite MEA claiming to have been taking up the case since January, why no response from Pak Punjab government yet?