In letters to Sonia Gandhi, Sarabjit feared he may be killed in jail
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"Please bring this in the notice of Indian government that jail officials are not behaving in a proper manner with me. They threaten me by saying 'your bones should not reach India'. Ever since the new superintendent, Mohsin Rafiq, has joined work, our condition has deteriorated," a letter stated.
Mistaken identity or a terrorist?
Based on alleged eyewitnesses account, confessional statement and evidence available, an anti-terrorist court in Pakistan had awarded death penalty to Sarabjit Singh in 1991 for serial blasts in Lahore, Multan and Faislabad that killed 14 people in 1990. The verdict was challenged in the high court, which upheld the death penalty. Following this, Sarabjit filed a mercy petition before the Pakistan Supreme Court, which was rejected in 2006. He was ordered to be executed on April 1, 2008 after then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf rejected his mercy petition. Musharraf, however, stayed hanging for a month. Next Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari stayed the execution for three months and later, it was stayed indefinitely.