Pak prisoner's family members meet him at PGI, Chandigarh

Last Updated: Tue, May 07, 2013 17:46 hrs

Chandigarh: Family members of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who was battered inside a Jammu jail last week, met him at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here on Tuesday and appealed to the Indian Government to let him go back to his country.

"His condition is critical. We pray to God that his health improves. We appeal to the Indian Government to let him go to Pakistan with us," said Sanaullah's brother-in-law Mohammad Shehzad.

Sanaullah's relatives - brother-in-law Mohammed Sehzaad and nephew Mohammed Asif- arrived in Amritsar via the Wagah-Attari border earlier in the day.

Till Monday evening, Sanaullah's condition continued to be "critically sick" and in "deep coma", said a medical bulletin from Chandigarh's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

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, Bashir said, "We want him to be repatriated to Pakistan."

However, India on Monday said the Pakistani prisoner's medical condition is such that it does not permit any movement.

"My understanding is that the doctors had examined the condition of the Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay and they felt his condition is such that it does not permit any movement. So, medical condition is such that it precludes any movement of the prisoner," MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

Sanaullah was injured during a scuffle with another inmate in Jammu jail earlier on Friday morning where he was serving life term after being convicted under TADA provisions.

He was arrested in 1999. A resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, Sanaullah was immediately shifted from the high-security Kot Bhalwal jail to Government Medical College Hospital, and later rushed to PGIMER in Chandigarh in an air ambulance after doctors said his condition was critical.

The incident involving Sanaullah came a day after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was brutally attacked on April 26 by six Pakistani inmates in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail. 

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