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Pakistani prisoner found dead in Indian jail

Published Feb 22, 2014 01:53pm
The body of Showkat Ali, a Pakistani national who was held in an Indian prison, is brought to the government medical hospital for a post-mortem in Jammu on February 22, 2014. — Photo by AFP
The body of Showkat Ali, a Pakistani national who was held in an Indian prison, is brought to the government medical hospital for a post-mortem in Jammu on February 22, 2014. — Photo by AFP

SRINAGAR: Officials at a jail in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir say a Pakistani prisoner has committed suicide.

Jail superintendent Harish Kotwal says Showkat Ali used a scarf to hang himself from the iron bars of a toilet window at the jail in Jammu city.

His body was found early Saturday.

Ali was arrested in 2011 after he crossed into Indian territory. Top prison official K. Rajendra says an inquiry has been ordered into Ali's death.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, with both countries claiming it in its entirety.

The two countries share a porous border, and scores of Indian and Pakistani prisoners are languishing in each other's jails after being caught without the proper papers.