Two members of the family of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who is in a Chandigarh hospital after being attacked in a Jammu jail, arrived in India today to meet him.
The Indian High Commission had granted visas to Sanaullah's brother-in-law Mohammed Sehzaad and nephew Mohammed Asif on Monday. They arrived in Amritsar today via the Attari-Wagah border and are scheduled to reach Chandigarh later in the day. They were received by the officials of Pakistani High Commission at the Attari-Wagah border.
Talking to reporters, Ranjay's relatives urged the Indian government to release him so that they could take him back to Pakistan.
Till Monday evening, Sanaullah continued to be "critically sick" and in "deep coma", said a medical bulletin from Chandigarh's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). (Read
) Sanaullah is being treated there.
Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir visited Sanaullah at the hospital yesterday and said his chances of survival seemed "bleak".
Demanding an impartial probe into the attack on Sanaullah, Mr Bashir said, "We want him to be repatriated to Pakistan."
Sanaullah, 52, was injured during a scuffle with another inmate in high-security Kot Balwal jail in Jammu and was immediately shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital there; he was later rushed to PGIMER in an air ambulance after doctors said his condition was critical.
A heavy deployment of police personnel is in place around and inside the PGIMER to prevent any eventuality.
The assault came a day after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was brutally attacked by six inmates in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.
Sanaullah, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, is serving a life term after being convicted under TADA provisions following his arrest in 1999.