In view of the anguish felt by the entire nation on the tragic and painful death of Sarabjit Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has decided to cancel the dinner scheduled to be held today for the national film award winners as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
"The unfortunate death of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan's custody has hurt the sentiments of all Indians. The country, in this hour of grief, stands by the family of the victim," said Tewari.
Sarabjit died of cardiac arrest in a Pakistani hospital in the wee hours on Thursday after being comatose for nearly a week following a brutal assault by fellow inmates in a high- security jail.
Sarabjit had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, where four of his family members - his sister, wife and two daughters - had visited him.
They returned to India yesterday, and condemned the Indian Government for not taking up their cause in right earnest.
Dalbir Kaur even called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to resign over the issue.
Sarabjit had been on death row since 1991 after he was convicted of espionage and links to a series of bombings in the Punjab province of Pakistan. (ANI)