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Investigate Sarabjit’s death

IT was extremely sad to learn about the death of Indian death-row prisoner Sarabjit Singh. His family members are quoted to have said that Sarabjit may have died during the attack and the authorities concerned staged the drama of keeping him on ventilator to subdue the effect. His family members were just called to seek permission for the removal of ventilator.

Though it is premature to speculate how the in-mate got into his cell in the midst of a high-security patrol, with bricks and blade; what prompted them to attack him brutally and what the jail staff was doing during this period, failing to protect him. Apparently either there were security lapses or the attack was instigated purposely to eliminate Sarabjit in order to avoid political and public uproars in case he was released or hanged.

The Indian government executed Kasab, the only survivor of the Mumbai attack but protected him in the jail cell compared to the alleged blame of facilitating this attack on Sarabjit, presumably after the execution of Afzal Guru in India. Pakistan could have hanged him as he was proven guilty and have avoided this humiliation.

I condemn the brutal death of Sarabjit Singh and ask the authorities concerned to investigate what inspired the attack and punish the culprits.

MOHAMMAD ASHRAF Winnipeg, Canada

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May 09, 2013 05:14am
There seem to be few protocols between India and pakistan on handling prisoners, people who wander into each others territories, etc. Lack of protocol and processes hamper development of a sane approach to problems that crop up frequently.
May 08, 2013 08:26am
u just pointed the difference between Pakistan and India. Law of the land and lawlessness.
May 08, 2013 01:18pm
I don't see any difference between the two incidents if the same has been happened to one of the Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail. I condemn both acts and advise all Indian & Pakistani society to not blame each other as a nation. Why people from both sides are trying to justify the crual act of few people. Have some courage to accept the truth. Pak-India both need a lot much to do for their prosperous future.
Raja Rental
May 08, 2013 07:45pm
Oh how nice, both the write and the poster so quickly forgot about Sanaullah??
Neptune Srimal
May 08, 2013 07:56pm
Thank you, Mohammed. your sane voice is much appreciated. Unfortunately events like these encourage similar debased reaction in India too -- as can be seen on the attack on Sanaulla in Jammu. No matter whatever the crime, a prisoner is a helpless creature and any attack on any prisoner anywhere is highly condemnable. Anyone remember Abu Gharib?