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220 Pakistanis among 7,300 foreign prisoners

delhi Updated: May 04, 2013 03:36 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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The fatal attack on Sarabjit Singh in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail and subsequent attack on 52-year-old Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah in Jammu jail has shifted focus on safety of foreigners in the Indian jails.

There are 7,300 foreigners in Indian jails, including 220 Pakistanis arrested on charges including spying and illegal entry into the Indian territory.

Citizens of UAE, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh outnumber the Pakistanis in Indian jails. Over 5,000 Bangladeshis, 300 Nepalis and 250 Lankans are in Indian jails.

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An official said many of the foreigners from middle-east arrested are people of Indian origin and booked for immoral trafficking and prostitution. For drug peddling, the most number of foreigners arrested were from Nigeria and Myanmar.

Around 6,570 Indians are also lodged in foreign jails of 112 countries, including 254 in Pakistan jails, revealed an RTI reply. Most of them are in the middle-east countries followed by UK, Mayalsia, Singapore, Italy, America and China. The reply by external affairs ministry says consular access has been provided to most of them.