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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pak prisoner Sanaullah succumbs to the attack inside prison........

The neighbours who share common history have not exactly been friendly…… at a time when tension decreased at Ladakh, the relations with Pak turned more bitter…….

There are reports that Pakistan advised its citizens travelliing to India to exercise “due caution” following reports that their security “may be in jeopardy”. “The Government of Pakistan wishes to advise its citizens who are planning to travel to India to exercise due caution and care while travelling to various parts of India,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

The statement said there were “some disturbing reports in the Indian media which indicate that the safety and security of Pakistani visitors to India, including that of over 600Zaireen (pilgrims) scheduled to visit Ajmer Sharif for the annual Urs this month, may be in jeopardy”. The statement did not give details about these media reports. The advisory was issued days after a Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah Ranjay, was severely assaulted in a jail in Jammu. Ranjay was attacked soon after Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh died in Lahore following a brutal assault in the Kot Lakhpat Jail. The two incidents triggered fresh tensions between the two countries.

Whether the Pakistani tourists are really wanted and whether there are security risks in allowing them inside India are beside the point.

The news of the day is that Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay died in a Chandigarh hospital at around 6.30am today after being attacked by an Indian inmate on 3 May in Kot Balwal Jail in JammuA case of assault was registered against Vinod Kumar, an ex-Army man, who is also serving a life term in the jail in the outskirts of Jammu. Kumar hails from Uttarakhand.

Here is something on who this Sanaullah is :  he was serving a life sentence after he was convicted for a bus bombing that killed 10 people in 1994 – he had been in jail for 17 years at the time he was attacked. A number of other cases under Sections 302, 304, 494 of the RPC and other under various sections of Pota and Tada were also pending against him. He was also believed to be the “mastermind” behind the digging of a tunnel in Kot Balwal jail when the prison authorities had separated Pakistani prisoners from other inmates, said the GreaterKashmir website. After the plan was unearthed, the Pakistani convicts and other inmates were kept together to prevent any further plot to escape. He hailed from Sialkot, Pakistan.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.
9th May 2013.
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