Injured Indian spy put on ventilator

ISLAMABAD - Indian national Sarabjit Singh, on death row in Pakistan, who suffered grave head injuries when attacked by fellow inmates armed with bricks has been put on ventilator as he fights for his life.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sun 28 Apr 2013, 11:47 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:09 PM

Doctors at the state-run Jinnah Hospital said Singh’s condition is critical with multiple wounds on his head, abdomen, jaws and other body parts, and he has been put on ventilator.

Singh, who was sentenced to death 16 years ago on espionage charges, was rushed to hospital on Friday with multiple wounds, including a severe head injury, after an argument in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.

“He has been kept in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital as he fights for his survival with severe head injuries,” a senior hospital surgeon said, adding that the next 24 hours are critical. “He needs surgery but doctors are not performing it because they don’t want to take any chances and want his condition to stabilise,” he said.

Singh was rushed to the hospital when struck on head by bricks and other blunt weapons by two other inmates of the same death cell following an argument during the routine walk. They were identified as Mudassar and Aamer. Sarabjit’s lawyer claimed that both had been threatening his client of retaliation ever since Kashmiri activist Afzal Guru was hanged for attack on Indian parliament.

The provincial government has instituted an inquiry and suspended several of the jail officials. “The two inmates attacked Singh while he was doing his evening walk. We don’t exactly know at the moment what was the reason for this attack but initial investigation reveals that they had exchanged hot words with Singh,” an official investigating the case said on condition of anonymity.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the attack as a “dastardly act” and called on the government to conduct a thorough inquiry into the matter and punish the guilty persons.

Indian diplomats also arrived in Lahore and were being regularly briefed about Singh’s condition.

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