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Sarabjit case: Human rights group to file mercy petition

PTI  Jalandhar, August 13, 2009
First Published: 01:17 IST(13/8/2009) | Last Updated: 01:19 IST(13/8/2009)

A Canada-based Human Rights Group on Wednesday said the case of Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in Pakistan, was of mistaken identity and said it would file a mercy petition before the President for his release.

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"It was a case of mistaken identity. We have evidence to show that Sarabjit Singh is not Manjit Singh against whom the trial was held," the South Asian Humar Rights Group said.

Sarabajit, a resident of Bhikiwind village in Punjab, is a poor farmer who inadvertently strayed into Pakistan, Sital Kaler, a member of the group who is closely associated with the case, told reporters in Jalandhar.

"I will leave for Islamabad after August 15 to personally file the mercy petition," he said.

Asked if his plea was rejected, Kaler said he would approach the United Nations and vociferously raise the issue at international fora.

Sarabjit Singh was convicted for his alleged involvement in 1990 serial blasts in Lahore and Multan in which 14 people were killed.


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