Accusing the Indian government of a lackadaisical approach towards their sufferings, 11 Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat jail even after the completion of their sentence have appealed to the Centre to allow Pakistan to shoot them dead.
In a letter sent through Jammu resident Vinod Sahny, recently released from the Lahore jail, the Indian prisoners have stated that they cannot bear the torture any more. "We want to get rid of this hellish life and be free from all tribulations," they said.
The prisoners named in the letter are Kirpal Singh, Kuldip Singh, Dharam Singh, Mohammed Farid, Tilak Raj, Maqbool Lone, Abdul Majid, Shambhu Nath, Surja Ram, Mohinder Singh and Punwasi. They have not mentioned their native places, but have addressed their plea to the states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi, besides the country's media. The letter has been forwarded to Avinash Rai Khanna, Rajya Sabha member from Punjab.
"We have understood that working with patriotic zeal is a crime and we are undergoing punishment for this. It seems the Indian government is working on a policy to let its citizens die in a foreign land. Numerous prisoners are suffering in Pakistan prisons. The Indian government is not ready to own them. It is better to die once than dying every day," the letter reads. It also demands death for 17 other prisoners, including four women, who have allegedly lost their mental balance.
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