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Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay dies, India to hand over body to Pakistan

 Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay dies, India to hand over body to Pakistan
ChandigarhSanaullah Ranjay, the 52-year-old Pakistani prisoner who was attacked by another inmate in a Jammu jail last week, died due to multiple organ failure at a Chandigarh hospital at 7 this morning.

His body will be handed over to Pakistan, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said. Sources say the Ministry of External Affairs is coordinating with Pakistani authorities to complete formalities and has allowed a special flight from Pakistan to land in Chandigarh. (10 latest developments)

Sanaullah was brought to Chandigarh's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in an air ambulance in critical condition on May 3, after being hit on the head by a fellow inmate at the high-security Kot Balwal jail in Jammu.

The attack on Sanaullah happened a day after Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh died in Pakistan. Mr Singh was brutally attacked by six prisoners in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail last month.

Jammu jail authorities said the prisoner who attacked Sanaullah was close to him and that they had an altercation. But Pakistan called the attack on Sanaullah an "obvious retaliation" to Sarabjit Singh's death and had demanded his repatriation for treatment at home. The jail superintendent was suspended and an inquiry is on.

In a statement issued this morning, the Pakistan High Commission demanded as "impartial and international probe" into the attack on Sanaullah and sought the "release of 47 Pakistani prisoners who have completed their jail terms but are still languishing in prison" in India. India has rejected the demand for an international inquiry saying the matter is bilateral.

Offering "sincere apology" to the family of Sanaullah, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet this morning, "While the inquiry will fix responsibility for any dereliction of duty, the fact that this happening at all is a matter of great regret."

Pakistan's High Commissioner Salman Bashir had visited Sanaullah at the Chandigarh hospital on May 6. Two of his relatives had arrived from Pakistan on May 7 and visited the prisoner too. 

A resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, Sanaullah was serving a life term. He was arrested in 1999 and convicted under TADA or Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.
Story First Published: May 09, 2013 08:05 IST

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