After Sarabjit, another Indian dies in Pak jail

Chandigarh: After Sarabjit Singh, another Indian prisoner, Kripal Singh, on death row in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, died on Monday under mysterious circumstances.

Singh had been languishing in Pakistan jail since 1992 after he was arrested in Pakistan and was accused of terror and spying.

Reasons of his sudden death in the jail are still unclear and may come out after autopsy report. Some reports, however, suggest he died of a heart attack in a hospital where he was taken after he complained of chest pain on Monday. Kirpal hails from Mustafabad Saidan village in Gurdaspur in Punjab.

He had reportedly crossed over inadvertently into Pakistan in an inebriated state twenty six years ago.

After the brutal attack on Sarabjit Singh in Kot Lakhpat jail three years ago, his family back home in Punjab had apprehended threat to Kripal’s life in jail. They had sought the Centre’s intervention in the case, but to little avail.

His kin say the least the government can now do is to get back his body for the last rites. Early March this year, sources said, the family received two letters from Kripal written in Urdu. That was the last time they heard of him.

Earlier letters by Kripal to his family had indicated towards the horrible conditions prevailing at Kot Lakhpat jail. Letters also pointed out towards the adverse treatment meted out to inmates.

Kripal had also served in the Army. He was the youngest in the family of seven, including four brothers and three sisters. His parents, Dasram and Bavi Devi, and three siblings
have died.

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