Sarabjit Singh in deep coma, 2 prisoners charged for assault

Sarabjit SinghSarabjit Singh is in critical condition after being brutally beaten up by prisoners at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

Indian national Sarabjit Singh was in a "deep coma" and put on ventilator support after being assaulted by a group of prisoners in a Pakistani jail, with doctors today saying that they will not be able to perform surgery on him till his condition stabilises.

Meanwhile, the police registered a case of attempted murder against two prisoners for brutally assaulting Sarabjit Singh. Official sources said the FIR against prisoners Amer Aftab and Mudassar was registered following a complaint from Assistant Superintendent Ishtiaq Ahmed Gill of Kot Lakhpath Jail.

The two men were booked under sections 324 (attempted murder) and 334 (causing severe injuries) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Sarabjit, 49, was in an Intensive Care Unit of the state-run Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, where he was admitted yesterday after being brutally beaten by at least six other prisoners within his barrack at the Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Official sources said that Sarabjit was in a "deep coma" and doctors were unable to perform surgery on him yesterday because of extensive internal bleeding caused by a severe head injury. (Also read: Sarabjit was under threat after Kasab, Afzal hanging: Kin

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"No surgery can be performed till his condition stabilises," a source said.

The sources quoted doctors at Jinnah Hospital as saying that Sarabjit's condition was measured as 5 on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which indicates the level of damage or injury to a person's central nervous system.

The GCS comprises tests of eye, verbal and motor responses. The three separate values and their sum are considered in deciding a person's status. The lowest possible GCS score is 3 while the highest is 15.

Pakistani TV news channels quoted their sources as saying that next 24 hours would be crucial for Sarabjit.

Two Indian High Commission officials got consular access to Sarabjit Singh in the ICU of Jinnah Hospital this morning.

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