New Delhi: Taking note of the reports that an Indian prisoner Chambail Singh was tortured and killed in Pakistani jail, the Indian government has reportedly demanded Pak authorities to provide the autopsy report.

According to autopsy report, four injuries were found on Chambail’s body and his right knee was fractured after a brutal beating. There were cut marks on his upper lip and thigh. He was allegedly assaulted by the prison staff in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail.

TV reports said the Pakistan authorities have not responded to the requests for the autopsy details of the Indian prisoner even as the pressure is building on New Delhi to take up the issue with Islamabad.  

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Salman Bashir was quoted as saying by the TV reports that internal probe is underway in Pakistan.

Pressure on Centre to send a strong message

On Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has said it will take up the matter with the Centre even as BJP demanded a strong message be sent to Pakistan that such inhuman act will not be tolerated.

"We will call for the details and we will take up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs," Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, said in Jammu.

Singh, said to be in his sixties, hailed from Jammu district.

Kichloo said the state government had taken the initiative in ensuring the return of the prisoner's body.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Balbir Punj asked the government to make it clear to the neighbouring country that it will not tolerate this sort of inhuman behaviour.

"There has been repetition of such unfortunate incidents particularly in Pakistan, from the Pakistani side. Earlier they beheaded two of our soldiers," he told reporters in Delhi.

Mustafa Kamal of the National Conference said such incidents will happen till India and Pakistan do not patch up and bury their hatchet.

Strongly condemning the circumstances leading to the death of the Indian prisoner, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party demanded an inquiry into it and said the matter to be raised at the international level.

4 injuries on Chambail’s body: Autopsy

Four injuries, including a fracture, were found on the body of Chambail Singh, an Indian prisoner in Pakistan who died after he was allegedly assaulted by staff at a prison in Lahore, according to a preliminary autopsy report.

Authorities had constituted a medical board to perform an autopsy on Singh’s body about two months after his death. The autopsy was done shortly before the body was sent to India on March 13.

The preliminary report stated that traces of four injuries were found on the body, including a fracture of the right knee, an abrasion of 1.5 cm to 2 cm on the left knee joint, an abrasion over the upper lip and scars on the thigh, official sources said.

Singh died on January 15 in Pak Jail

Singh, said to be in his sixties, was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the state-run Jinnah Hospital on January 15.
He was serving a five-year prison term at Kot Lakhpat Jail for alleged involvement in espionage.

Tehseen Khan, a Christian lawyer who recently completed a 42-month sentence for fraud at Kot Lakhpat Jail, claimed Singh died after being beaten by prison staff.

“On January 15, I saw some three jail staff beating Chambail Singh over some issue. He was beaten severely and I think he died because of this,” Khan said earlier.

Prison officials have refuted Khan’s claim and said Singh died of an apparent heart attack.

Kot Lakhpat Jail’s Additional Superintendent Ishtiaq Ahmed said Singh was taken to hospital after he developed chest pain while having breakfast.

A total of 33 Indian prisoners are currently being held in Kot Lakhpat Jail. The prison’s records state that Chambail Singh was arrested near the border at Sialkot in 2010.

He was brought to the jail last June. He was to complete his term in 2015.


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