Sarabjit's sister out of danger after suicide bid

Dalbir was rushed to a hospital in Bhikhiwind town on Thursday evening after she 'consumed something'.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 17:07 IST

Dalbir Kaur, a sister of Indian national Sarabjit Singh who is facing death penalty in Pakistan, is out of danger, said doctors attending on her on Friday after her suicide attempt the day before in a Punjab town.

Dalbir was rushed to a private hospital in Bhikhiwind town, 50 kms from Amritsar onThursday evening after she 'consumed something'. Her condition is stable, said doctors.

Tarn Taran police chief Praveen Sahni told reporters that the police would register a case of attempt to suicide against Dalbir only if tests show that the substance she consumed was poisonous.

The police have taken samples of the substance consumed by her and sent them to a government laboratory in Patiala. Doctors attending on her said that she seemed to have swallowed some sedatives and not any poisonous substance.

Her family members said that Dalbir was under depression for the last week after receiving a letter from Sarabjit from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat prison saying that he was being ill-treated by Pakistani officials and was not able to get medical treatment.

Sukhpreet Kaur, the wife of Sarabjit Singh, who lives in Bhikhiwind and has been at loggerheads with Dalbir over the way the latter was running the 'Save Sarabjit campaign' and collecting millions of rupees, alleged that the suicide attempt was a 'drama' enacted by Dalbir to get more attention.

Dalbir's neighbours, who broke her room door to take her to the hospital on Thursday, said that Dalbir had called a few mediapersons before locking herself in her room and consuming the tablets.

When the save Sarabjit campaign was at its peak earlier this year, Dalbir Kaur and other family members had threatened that they would commit suicide if Sarabjit was not released by Pakistani authorities.

Sarabjit Singh was last year sentenced to death by Pakistan's Supreme Court after security agencies there held him and linked him to bombings at various places in Pakistan in 1990. Sarabjit had been claiming he was innocent, saying he had strayed into Pakistani territory under the influence of liquor in 1990 and was arrested there.

The campaign to save Sarabjit Singh grabbed media attention and even had Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh taking up the matter with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. However, Pakistan remained non-committal on his release.

First Published: Aug 18, 2006 17:07 IST