My life is under threat, Sarabjit writes to Sonia

Sarabjit Singh, who is currently lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and his family members, saying his life was under threat.

Singh, who is on death row, has written, "I am being given something in my food and this is happening for the past two to three months. My body is getting wasted. There is pain in my left arm and the left leg is getting weaker."

Sarabjit wrote that at times he felt unbearable pain in his leg.

Sarabjit's counsel Awais Sheikh, who has recently filed a fresh mercy petition before the Pakistan President to commute his death sentence, brought the letters to India on Monday.

The letters have been addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, his sister Dalbir Kaur, and his daughter Poonam.

Sarabjit alleged that he was being "ill-treated" in the jail by staff as "taunting" by jail officials has become a routine matter. He also alleged lack of medical facilities inside the prison where he has been lodged.

In his letter to Sonia, Sarabjit urged her to ensure visa for his sister and family in case there was delay in his release.

Sarabjit termed the version given by Surjeet Singh — another Indian who was released in June that he was fine in jail — as a lie. Sarabjit wrote: "Whatever Surjeet Singh says about me is wrong." — WITH PTI

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