Truth about Sarabjit's death must come out, says Modi

Last Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013 05:20 hrs

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the death of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Pakistani hospital after being comatose for nearly a week following a brutal assault by other inmates of a high-security jail, and said the truth about his must come out.

"Both, the Government of India and Government of Pakistan have misled people on Sarabjit Singh issue. The truth on this issue must come out," Modi tweeted.

"Sarabjit's extra-judicial killing is yet another grim reminder that expecting Pakistan to follow due process of law in any sphere is futile," he further tweeted.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar charged the UPA-II Government of failing miserably in its efforts to get death row Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh back to India on humanitarian grounds.

"It is a very sad incident. Pakistan can chop off the heads, and our government won't do anything," Javadekar said

"The government has failed miserably to protect our soldiers and our border. It has been a very sad death for Sarabjit and the responsibility is on the head of the Indian Government. This is an absolutely failure of Indian foreign policy," Javadekar added.Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde met the family members of Sarabjit Singh and assured them to make all efforts to bring back his body.

"We are making efforts so that his body is handed over to us as soon as possible. Our foreign ministry is holding talks with the Pakistan government. And once the body comes its funeral will be conducted as per the wishes of his family," Shinde told reporters after meeting Sarbajit's sister Dalbir Kaur and other family members here.

Shinde further said that India had till the end requested Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh.

Shinde said India had raised the issue of Sarabjit with Pakistan in different forum and he himself raised the issue when Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik visited India last year and asked him for the release of the Indian.

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 roundly condemned the Indian Government for not taking up their cause in right earnest.

Dalbir Kaur even called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign over the issue. (ANI)

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