Assaulted Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay died on Thursday, leaving India red-faced even as it sidestepped Pakistan’s demand for an international probe into the killing.
Sanaullah, 52, who was attacked by a cashiered Indian soldier serving life term at Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail on May 3, died following multiple organ failure at 6.56am, a doctor at Chandigarh’s Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research said.
A Pakistan International Airlines flight took off from Chandigarh in the evening with Sanaullah’s body after India facilitated the hand over.
Sanaullah’s death, a week after Sarabjit Singh — an Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan — died following a similarly vicious attack at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, added to the deep mistrust between the two countries.
Pakistan high commission spokesperson Manzoor Memon said in Delhi, “We have requested the government of India for an international inquiry into the brutal attack on the Pakistani citizen.”
Asked about Pakistan’s demand for an international probe, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, “I cannot comment on this now, as no demand has come to us. When the demand comes, I will tell you.”
Meanwhile, prison authorities in Jammu said Sanaullah’s attacker Vinod Singh Bisht had been booked for murder.
In Amritsar, Sarabjit’s grieving family expressed sadness over Sanaullah’s death. “I can understand the pain of Sanaullah’s family,” Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur said.
Sanaullah, who hailed from Sialkot, was arrested in 1996 and charged with involvement in a bomb blast that killed 10 people at Katra near the Hindu shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in 1994. He was serving life term in the Jammu jail.