Sanaullah dies, body sent back to Pakistan

Six days after he was attacked by a fellow inmate in a Jammu jail, Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, 52, died at the PGIMER hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday morning. Doctors said he died at 6:56 am due to "multiple organ failure".

The body was handed over to officials of the Pakistan High Commission after completion of post-mortem and other formalities. By evening, the body was flown back to Pakistan by a special PIA plane.

His two relatives, brother-in-law Mohammed Shehzaad and nephew Mohammed Asif, who arrived in India on Tuesday, also left by the same plane. "Kehne ko kuch raha nahi, sab khatam ho gaya," said Shehzaad.

Sanaullah suffered serious head injuries when he was attacked by a fellow prisoner on May 3, a day after Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh died in Pakistan.

"The brutal manner in which Sanaullah was attacked in jail is most unfortunate and a matter of deep concern for the government of Pakistan," said Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. "We have conveyed our concern to the government of India in this regard and demanded that an investigation into the incident be held and perpetrators of this heinous crime be brought to justice," he said.

In Delhi, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said "there is an urgent need to examine the recommendations that have been submitted by the India-Pakistan joint judicial committee that visited Pakistani jails from April 26 to May 1, 2013."

He said "both sides also need to take stock of the measures currently in place for ensuring safety, security and humane treatment of prisoners in each other's jails. We would like to reiterate the offer made by us on May 3, calling for a meeting with the relevant Pakistani authorities to take immediate steps to enhance the safety, security and humane treatment of Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails."

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