27 April 2013

Sarabjit Singh under Coma, attacked in Lahore Jail

Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national and a death row prisoner in the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail went in a deep coma and was put into ventilator support after being assaulted by the group of prisoners. 

Sarabjit, 49, was admitted in an Intensive Care Unit of the state-run Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, after he was brutally beaten up by at least six other prisoners within his barrack at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. He was hit on the head with bricks and his face, neck and stomach were cut with blades and sharp pieces of a tin. An inquiry was ordered into the incident by the authorities of the Kot Lakhpat Jail. 

Sarabjit Singh

• He is an Indian national in Pakistan since 1990. 
• Pakistani authorities have convicted him of his involvement in the serial bomb blasts of 1990 in Lahore and Faisalabad. 

Sarabjit’s history behind the Bars
Changes implemented in the sentence
August 1990
He was arrested from Kasur Border for illegal crossing the border in Pakistan
October 1991
He was sentenced with death for his alleged involvement in the Bomb Blasts of 1990, in which 14 people were killed
December 2001
Supreme Court of Pakistan confirmed his death sentence. In the same year, the Prime Minister’s intervention deferred his execution for an indefinite period
May 2012
His fifth mercy petition was dismissed

In June 2012, there was news that the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari commuted the death sentence of Sarabjit to life term imprisonment. But Pakistani Government later released an 80 year old prisoner, Surjeet Singh claiming that surjeet Singh’s release orders were passed by the President. As per the prevailing laws in Pakistan, a life term means 14 years of imprisonment and by now, Sarabjit has already spent 23 years in jail.