Investigation ordered into Chamel Singh's death: Salman Bashir

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 18:56 hrs

New Delhi: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir, on Thursday said an investigation has been ordered into the death of Indian prisoner Chamel Singh, and added that there should be 'no anxiety' over the issue.

"The Punjab Government has taken notice of it and an investigation is in process, that is all that I know that I'm in a position to convey to you and there should be no anxiety on this issue," he told mediapersons on the sidelines of an event here.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressing concern over this issue asked the government to act because Pakistan had been doing this very often.

"Now, this is a matter of concern and this is a crime on individual. We would ask the government to act because Pakistan has been doing this very often," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy in New Delhi.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government has set up a committee to ascertain the facts of the case.

"We have set up a committee, which will sort it out. The honourable CM (chief minister) will take up the issue with our external affairs ministry, if the injuries are grave or if there are fractures. Today, the Speaker also strongly condemned it," Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Home Sajjad Kichloo in Jammu city.

The Indian prisoner was allegedly thrashed to death by the wardens of Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, where he was serving a 5-year jail term for illegally crossing the border. He was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the state-run Jinnah Hospital on January 15. 

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