Sarabjit attacked with bricks, blades

'Prime suspect had quarrelled with him a few days back'

The prime suspect in the attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh on Friday had quarrelled with him a few days ago but Pakistani authorities at Kot Lakhpat Jail did not bother to take notice of the incident, official sources said.

Death row prisoner Amer Aftab tried to attack Sarabjit a few days ago and abused him, sources told PTI. The reason for the altercation could not immediately be ascertained.

Aftab, who was being held in a barrack near Sarabjit's in one of the most secure sections of Kot Lakhpat Jail, was among at least six prisoners who attacked the Indian national at about 4.30 pm.

Sarabjit was hit on the head with bricks and his neck and stomach were cut with blades, at least two sources said.

However, unnamed officials of Kot Lakhpat Jail were quoted by Pakistani TV news channels as saying that only two prisoners — Amer Aftab and Mudassar — were involved in the attack.

The officials were also quoted as saying that Sarabjit was attacked when he and other prisoners were brought out of their cells for an hour-long break.

The sources rejected these claims and said Sarabjit was assaulted by at least six prisoners within his barrack.

Aftab, who was sentenced to death for murdering a mayor's brother, and Mudassar were locked up after the attack and were being interrogated, sources said.

Malik Mubashir, Deputy Superintendent of Prisons in Punjab province, was appointed to head the inquiry into the attack. Mubashir would probe all aspects of the incident and ascertain whether some jail officials may have been involved or linked in any way to the attack on Sarabjit. He will also ascertain whether the attackers were motivated by "religious elements", the sources said.

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