New Delhi: Fearing backlash in the wake of Sarabjit Singh’s death, Tihar Jail authorities have stepped up security for all the 20 Pakistani inmates lodged in the high-security jail.

"The jail staff has been directed to step up security for all the 20 Pakistani prisoners. They are being given enhanced protection," sources said.

49-year-old Sarabjit, who was brutally attacked in a high-security Lahore jail by fellow inmates on Friday, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday. Sarabjit had sustained severe injuries when at least six prisoners attacked him in a barrack at Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday.

Three-tier security cover at Tihar

The outer security is under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), while the inner rings are manned by the Tamil Nadu Special Policemen and Delhi Jails security officers. The Tamil Nadu Police have been asked to keep a constant vigil on the Pakistani inmates' cells and surveillance has been increased, the official said.

States asked to step up security for Pak prisoners

The Union Home Ministry has asked all the states to step up security of nearly 220 Pakistani prisoners lodged in their respective jails.

In an advisory issued immediately after the assault on Sarabjit, the Home Ministry asked the states to ensure proper security to the Pakistani prisoners expressing apprehension that they may be targeted as a reaction to the attack on Sarabjit.

"All the states have been issued an advisory asking for stepped up security to Pakistani prisoners," Home Ministry sources said.


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