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Sanaullah’s relatives reach India, seek his release on humanitarian grounds

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Attari, May 07, 2013
First Published: 10:55 IST(7/5/2013) | Last Updated: 17:41 IST(7/5/2013)

Two family members of assaulted Pakistani convict Sanaullah Ranjay, 52, arrived in India via the Wagah-Attari border on Tuesday and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds.

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Sanaullah’s brother-in-law Mohammad Shahzad and nephew Mohammad Asif were granted 15-day visa by the Indian high commission in Pakistan for the visit. Shahzad said, “We have come here to see Sanaullah and also appeal to the Indian government that he must be released on humanitarian grounds.”

Shahzad and Asif, from Aura village in Sialkot district, stressed both India and Pakistan should ensure the safety of each other’s prisoners.

Officials of the Pakistani embassy in Delhi received Shahzad and Asif, who were accompanied by Iqbal Hussain, a diplomat from Islamabad. The Punjab police have provided security cover to his visiting relatives.

Sanaullah’s relatives evaded questions on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh who died in a Lahore hospital on May 2 following a brutal assault by Pakistani inmates at Kot Lakhpat jail on April 26.  

Sanaullah became the victim of an apparent tit-for-tat attack on May 3 at Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail, hours before Sarabjit was cremated at Bhikiwind town of Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.

Sanaullah, serving life term for militancy in Kashmir, was allegedly attacked by Vinod Kumar, a former army soldier hailing from Uttarakhand.

Kumar, serving life term for murdering a colleague in Leh, allegedly hit Sanaullah with bricks and a shovel in the jail compound following a heated exchange over Sarabjit’s death.

Sanaullah, who was imprisoned in 1999, is in deep coma and undergoing treatment at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research at Chandigarh.

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