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Sarabjit Singh slips, family to come back today

world Updated: May 01, 2013 11:49 IST
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The family of Sarabjit Singh will return to India on Wednesday even as the doctors in a Lahore hospital, where the death row convict is in a deep coma, said his condition had deteriorated.

Unconfirmed reports during the day said the 49-year-old, who suffered a fractured skull and cuts all over the body when five prisoners attacked him in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail on April 26, was clinically dead.

"He continues to be serious but has not been declared brain dead," Mahmood Shaukat, the head of the board supervising Singh's treatment, told PTI.

"My brother's condition is not good. He is very critical. I'm convinced that Pakistani authorities are hiding things," Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur told HT over the phone from Lahore.

The doctors at Jinnah Hospital were not telling them anything, Kaur said when asked about reports that Singh was brain dead.

She again demanded that Indian doctors be flown in to treat Singh.

Kaur, Singh's wife and two daughters crossed over to Pakistan on April 28 on a 15-day visa.

"Poonam is not well. Her health deteriorated after seeing her father’s condition... so we have decided to come back ," Kaur said.