New Delhi: Sanaullah 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 this morning. His post-mortem will be conducted at 11:30 am.
Here are 10 developments in the story:
- Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said Sanaullah's body will be handed over to Pakistan. The Ministry of External Affairs is coordinating with Pakistani authorities to complete formalities. Pakistan had requested India to make arrangements to send his body back.
- Sanaullah was hit on the head by a fellow inmate at the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu, a day after Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh died in Pakistan. He was air lifted to Chandigarh's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital on May 3.
- Sanaullah was in coma since the attack, his injuries were very serious.
- Though India says the attack on Sanaullah happened after an altercation, Pakistan it an "obvious retaliation" to Sarabjit Singh's death. The jail superintendent was suspended and an inquiry is on.
- Sarabjit was attacked in a Lahore jail and his subsequent death had seen anger and outrage in India. Security for Pakistani prisoners in India was heightened.
- Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted 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."
- In a statement issued this morning, the Pakistan High Commission demanded as "impartial, 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 it is a bilateral matter.
- Pakistan had been demanding that Sanaullah should be repatriated, but the Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the petition. The court, however, said that it was "pained and concerned about the incident."
- 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.