New Delhi: The second autopsy conducted on Sarabjit Singh on Thursday night at the government-run Amritsar Medical College stated that vital organs like heart and kidneys were missing from the Indian prisoner’s body before it was handed over to India.

The latest development raises further questions on the intentions and conduct of Pakistan. Sources close to the doctors said that the missing of vital organs was very crucial in cases of poisoning.

Sarabjit’s body was brought to Amritsar onboard a special Air India aircraft from Lahore on Thursday night. Before handing over the body to the family, a second post-mortem was also conducted. The first autopsy was conducted at Pakistan's Jinnah Hospital.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has criticised the Centre's approach towards the matter and demanded an independent probe by an international agency into the circumstances leading to death of Sarabjit. "India should pressurize Pakistan for an independent probe into Sarabjit's death. The way he was butchered in the jail is a direct violation of human rights. International Committee of the Red Cross should be involved," he said.

Sarabjit, 49, had suffered critical head injuries after an unprovoked and sudden assault by five to six prisoners on April 26 in the Kot Lakhpat jail.  Sarabjit, a resident of Bhikhiwind town, was on death row in Pakistan since 1990 after being convicted by Pakistani courts for bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan, which left 14 people dead.

Sarabjit's family claimed that he was innocent and was arrested when he crossed over to Pakistan in an inebriated state. Police in Pakistan, however, claimed that Sarabjit Singh, known as Manjit Singh, was involved in terrorist strikes.

(JPN/Bureau)

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