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'Attackers wanted to kill Sarabjit Singh'

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  • Apr 28, 2013, 12:09 PM IST
'Attackers wanted to kill Sarabjit Singh'
Lahore: The main accused in the brutal attack on Indian national Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail have told investigators that they planned to kill him to take revenge for bombings he was accused of carrying out in Lahore. 
According to a preliminary report prepared by Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons) Malik Mubashir, the accused – Amer Aftab and Mudassar, both death row prisoners – said they hated Sarabjit because he was accused of killing many Pakistanis in bomb blasts in Lahore in 1990. 
Mubashir has submitted the report to the Home Department of Punjab province, official sources said. 
For the attack on 49-year-old Sarabjit, the duo said they sharpened spoons to use as knives, made blades from pieces of empty ghee tin and collected bricks. 
The moment they got an opportunity, they executed their plan "with ease", the accused were quoted as saying in the report. 
Sarabjit is currently in a coma and on ventilator in an ICU in Jinnah Hospital. Doctors have been working to revive him since he was attacked in Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday. 
His skull was fractured and he sustained injuries to his face, neck and torso during the assault. 
He was convicted for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in Pakistan's Punjab that killed 14 people in 1990. 
Sarabjit's family says he is the victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border in an inebriated state. 
Aftab and Mudassar, however, could not offer satisfactory answers as to why they started hating Sarabjit and planned his murder only in the recent past though both had been held in Kot Lakhpat Jail for several years. 
Mudassar and Aftab have been in the prison since 2005 and 2009, respectively. 

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Family alleges involvement of jail authorities 
The brutal assault on Sarabjit Singh, who is in "deep coma", was not possible without the involvement of jail authorities in Lahore and Pakistan should take immediate action against the perpetrators of the attack, his family said on Sunday. 
"This is not possible without the involvement of the jail authorities," the Indian death row convict's sister Dalbir Kaur told reporters here before crossing over to Pakistan to meet 49-year-old Sarabjit who is battling for his life in a Lahore hospital after the brutal assault by jail inmates on Friday. 
"Pakistan should take immediate action against the perpetrators of the attack on Sarabjit," she said. 
The Pakistan High Commission in Delhi has issued 15 days 'gratis visa' to Sarabjit's wife Sukhpreet Kaur, daughters Poonam, Swapandeep Kaur and Dalbir Kaur to meet the Indian prisoner who is in "deep coma" and has been put on ventilator support. 
Dalbir Kaur said, "Sarabjit had been stabbed with knives and someone must have told the jail inmates that all these were available in the prison. This had been intentionally done to Sarabjit. 
"I am not ready to believe that they grabbed the keys from the jail warden. I think the warden himself gave the keys and they made most of that opportunity. Why his barrack was changed at the time when other Pakistani prisoners were having food," she asked. 
Kaur recalled that when she had gone to meet Sarabjit in the jail, the prison authorities had not even allowed to carry her handkerchief. The food items she was carrying for her brother were checked after tearing the packets, she said. 
Sarabjit was convicted for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Punjab province in Pakistan, that killed 14 people in 1990. His mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former President Pervez Musharraf. 
His family says he is a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border. 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed the assault on Sarabjit inside jail as a "very sad" incident. "It is very sad. I think in the jail, I think some inmates attacked him. I think that is very sad," he has said. 


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