Pak prisoner is attacked in Jammu jail, seriously injured

FPPakistani prisoner Sanaullah being taken to a Jammu hospital Friday

"The matter is being investigated and the guilty will be punished. Safety and security of prisoners in custody lies with the jail authorities and necessary action is being taken. We are in touch with the Pakistan High Commission on the matter," Akbaruddin said.

Sanaullah is also thought to be the mastermind behind the digging of a tunnel in Kot Balwal jail when prison authorities had separated Pakistani prisoners from other inmates. After the the plan was unearthed, the Pakistani convicts and other inmates were kept together to prevent them from escaping.

The Pakistani prisoner who had been involved in eight cases of militancy related violence, had been awarded life sentence by a TADA court in Jammu in 2009 for engineering a bomb explosion in a Katra bound bus that killed 10 Vaishno Devi pilgrims and injured 43 in 1994. He was also awarded a life term for another bomb blast in a van near Satwari that killed seven passengers the same year.

Vinod had been in jail for the last six years, serving a life term for murdering his superior. Before he fought with Sanaullah, the two were said to be working together and even smoked a beedi.

Official sources said the Pakistani High Commission has been informed that in view of the strong sentiments in India following the death of Sarabjit, the Indian government had taken several steps to enhance security of Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails.

Akbaruddin said that in view of these tragic incidents there is a need to take stock of the current measures in place to ensure the safety, security and humane treatment of Indian and Pakistani prisoners in each other's jails. "For this, we are proposing a meeting of the concerned authorities of both countries to study the recommendations and identify and put in place further measures to avoid such tragic incidents in future," he said.

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