Indian dies in Pak jail, MEA approaches kin

The Ministry of External Affairs through the Jammu administration is trying to touch base with the family of a Indian prisoner who died in a jail in Pakistan last week. The move is being made to ascertain the family's wish on the mortal remains of the prisoner Chambail Singh, 54, a resident of Purgwal, Jammu.

On January 18, the Pakistan government had informed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to inform the death of Chambail Singh. The deceased was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by Pakistan courts in August 2010 on charges of illegally crossing the border. He died on January 16 night.

Media reports in Pakistan said all seriously-ill convicts and under-trial prisoners across 32 jails are being shifted to the Central Jail in Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, for special medical treatment in city hospitals. This was stated by DIG Lahore Range Malik Mubasshar Khan during a probe into the Singh's death. The official was quoted as saying that Singh died of cardiac arrest and was being treated by jail doctors.

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