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Centre must learn lesson: ex-spy Surjit

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, May 03, 2013
First Published: 01:15 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:17 IST(3/5/2013)

He was the one released by the Pakistan government   instead of Sarabjit Singh   after a dramatic U-turn last year. Former Indian spy Surjit Singh, a resident of Fidde village in Ferozepur district, had returned home after spending more than 31 years in Pakistani jails.

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"Sarabjit's death is the failure of the Indian government. Now, the lives of other Indians languishing in jails of Pakistan are also in danger," he said.

He said the attack on Sarabjit was the handiwork of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which might also target other Indian prisoners, added Surjit, who also spent some time with Sarabjit in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.

Learning a lesson from the Sarabjit case, the Indian government should take concrete steps to ensure the safety of other Indians in Pakistani jails.

Another former spy, Gurbax Lal, held the Indian government responsible for Sarabjit's death. Gurbax claimed that he underwent atrocities in Pakistani jails for more than 16 years and also remained imprisoned with Sarabjit.

Gurbax, who works as a daily-wager, said he had been promised help by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting in Ferozepur recently, but nothing had materialised so far.

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