Indian death-row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in satisfactory health, claims Pak Home Dept

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 05, 2012 06:47 hrs

Lahore: Jail authorities in Pakistan have stated that the health of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh is satisfactory and all of his vital functions are intact, despite the prisoner's earlier claims to the contrary.

Earlier, Singh's lawyer Advocate Awais Sheikh had written to the Home Department asking for a medical check-up for the prisoner.

The Home Department in its reply said that Singh's mental health was good, and that he was being served a satisfactory diet. It added that Singh had complained of weakness in his left leg, for which he was being provided medications, reports The Express Tribune.

In August, Sheikh had delivered letters from Singh to his family in India- in which the prisoner complained that he was being slow-poisoned. He said his health had deteriorated in the past two months because of the poison, and also accused jail officials of conspiring to drive him insane. He said they made fun of him when he asked for painkillers.

Sheikh said that after Singh's letter was widely published in Indian newspapers, jail authorities denied him access, following which Sheikh filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, which allowed him one meeting with the prisoner "on humanitarian grounds".

It has been almost a month since the court directed the Inspector General for Prisons to arrange a meeting, but it is yet to take place.

Sheikh said that Singh's family had sent food, money and messages for the prisoner, but he has been unable to deliver those.

Singh, a 49-year-old Indian national from Bhikhiwind village in Amritsar, was arrested on the charge of orchestrating four bomb blasts in Faisalabad, Multan and Lahore on July 29, 1990. He was subsequently tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

Sheikh says that Singh's case is one of mistaken identity - the FIR for the case was registered against one Manjeet Singh - and that his client had crossed into Pakistan accidentally.

There are several clemency appeals for Singh pending before President Asif Ali Zardari.

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