Sanaullah Ranjay was in jail for attacks that took place while he was in custody

SanaullahSanaullah was awaiting deportation in custody; cops told court he confessed crime. (PTI)

The Pakistani national, who was killed by a fellow prisoner in a Jammu jail just days after the death of Indian national Sarabjit Singh in a similar attack in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in May this year, was undergoing life imprisonment for two terror attacks in 1994 that took place while he was in police custody, according to information gathered by The Indian Express from the J&K Police and state prisons department.

According to police records submitted in court, Sanaullah, who was from Dalowali village in Sialkot district of Pakistan, had also "confessed" to having carried out at least 10 more explosions in Jammu city and its outskirts in 1994.

All these explosions, in which dozens of people were killed and injured, took place during the time Sanaullah was still in police custody, awaiting deportation to Pakistan after completing a three-year sentence for crossing the border illegally in 1989. According to the procedure in such cases, after serving sentence, the person has to be in police custody till the time he is deported.

The deportation process can take up to months, or even years, as was the case with Sanaullah.

In reply to an application filed by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act, asking when Sanaullah, son of Rehmat Ali of Dalowali, was first arrested, police said they had not arrested any such person. But, they said, one Sanaullah, son of Ashiq Hussain of Dalowali in Sialkot, was arrested in 1996 on charges of illegally entering India from across the border in RS Pura area.

The prisons department, however, in reply to a separate RTI application filed by The Indian Express, admitted that Sanaullah, son of Rehmat Ali of Dalowali village in Sialkot, was lodged in its district jail at Ambphalla between 1989 and 1992. He was first brought there on September 9, 1989 as an undertrial and after 45 days detained under the Public Safety Act for two years on an order from the District Magistrate.

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