The brutal assault on Sarabjit Singh,who is in deep coma,was not possible without the involvement of jail authorities in Lahore and Pakistan should take immediate action against the perpetrators of the attack,his family said on Sunday.
This is not possible without the involvement of jail authorities, the Indian death row convicts sister Dalbir Kaur told reporters here before crossing over to Pakistan to meet 49-year-old Sarabjit who is battling for his life in a Lahore hospital after the brutal assault by jail inmates on Friday. Pakistan should take immediate action against the perpetrators of the attack on Sarabjit, she added.
The Pakistan High Commission in Delhi has issued 15-day gratis visa to Sarabjits wife Sukhpreet Kaur,daughters Poonam,Swapandeep Kaur and Dalbir Kaur to meet the prisoner who has been put on ventilator support.
Dalbir Kaur said,Sarabjit had been stabbed with knives and someone must have told the jail inmates that all these were available in the prison. This had been intentionally done to Sarabjit. I am not ready to believe that they grabbed the keys from the jail warden. I think the warden himself gave the keys and they made most of that opportunity. Why his barrack was changed at the time when other Pakistani prisoners were having food, she asked.
Kaur recalled that when she had gone to meet Sarabjit in the jail,the prison authorities had not even allowed to carry her handkerchief. The food items she was carrying for her brother were checked after tearing the packets,she said.
Sarabjits wife Sukhpreet said,We are happy that we have been given a visa to go to Pakistan. No one will be able to look after him better than us.
I am slightly relieved that we will get the opportunity to see him and take care of him. We will be able to be with him during the treatment and if possible,we will try to shift him to another hospital, Swapandeep,his daughter,said.
Gopal Das,a former inmate of Lahores Kot Lakhpat jail,said: He (Sarabjit) was locked alone. The unlocking is done by an assistant superintendent. It is impossible for people to come from outside and attack him.
Another former inmate of the jail,Swaran Lal,added: Sarabjit is a very good man,very gentle and good natured… There were several instances such as during the time of the Kargil war when Indian prisoners were segregated and tortured. For crimes like the one committed on Sarabjit,they would bring petty criminals from outside. They would bring them in for petty crimes and then after everything was done,they would be released.