Mumbai: Bhanudas Karale, who spent time with Sarabjit Singh in Lahore jail, on Sunday claimed that the Pakistan government killed the Indian prisoner.

“It is not destiny, but the Pakistan government claimed the life of Sarabjit Singh,” Karale, a resident of Ahmednagar, said.

Karale was released from Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on June 15 last year.

Karale was arrested for accidentally straying into the Pakistani territory on August 28, 2010. "He was a very kind-hearted person. He behaved nicely not only with Indian prisoners, but also with Pakistani inmates," Karale said.

Karale said he was shocked to hear of Sarabjit's death after an assault on him in jail. "I was in the same jail with Sarabjit but the Pakistani authorities had imposed severe restrictions on him, considering him a spy," he said.

"When we were released, Sarabjit was very happy. He also longed to be home. Actually, he should have been released before us, but that did not happen, and he lost his life due to the lack of communication and coordination between India and Pakistan authorities," Karale said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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