Sarabjit Singh in coma: MEA

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 09:04 hrs

Sarabjit Singh, the Indian serving a prison term in a Pakistan jail while facing death sentence for decades on charges of spying and terrorism, is in coma after he was wounded in an attack on him inside the prison on Friday, Indian officials who gained access to his treatment in a Lahore hospital said, according to the Ministry of External Affairs here.

India´s external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that doctors attending to Sarabjit Singh informed Indian officials that "he is in coma, on ventilator, receiving IV drip."

"X-rays, MRI, CT scans done on Sarabjit Singh. Doctors carrying out trauma control & await stabilisation in condition before further tests," Akbaruddin tweeted on Saturday.

He said the officials of India´s High Commission visited Jinnah Hospital in Lahore and are in regular contact with Medical Board attending to Sarabjit Singh.

According to Pakistan media earlier, Sarabjit Singh, who is imprisoned at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, was attacked by fellow inmates who are also on death row.

It said Singh was shifted to the Jinnah Hospital in Lahore for treatment. His injuries are on the head.

In India, the family of Sarabjit were in tears after they heard the news of the attack. His sister in Amritsar said she always maintained that her brother is not safe inside the prison.

The kins of Sarabjit had been for long appealing to the Pakistan government for his freedom.

Sarabjit´s sister Dalbir Kaur earlier also met President Pranab Mukherjee urging him to intervene into the matter and get her brother released.

She also met Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and demanded the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad to visit Singh in the jail to check his health condition.

Sarabjit Singh has been languishing in Pakistani jail for over 20 years after a Pakistani anti-terrorist court awarded him the death sentence in 1991.

He had been convicted of involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990 that killed 14 people.

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