Pakistani prisoner in coma after attack in Jammu jail (Third Lead)

Jammu/New Delhi May 3 (IANS) A Pakistani prisoner was critically injured Friday when he was attacked by a fellow prisoner in the high security Kot Bhalwal jail here, police said here, a day after Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh died after being attacked in Lahore.

Sanaullah, a resident of Sialkot, was attacked by former Indian Army soldier Vinod Kumar, convicted for murder, following an altercation Friday morning, a police officer said.

The Pakistani prisoner received serious head injuries and was first taken to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu, where doctors said he had slipped into a coma, much like Sarabjit Singh who was attacked in a Lahore jail April 26 and died Thursday.

He was being taken to Chandigarh for further treatment.

India termed the attack as “regrettable” and said “the matter is being investigated and guilty will be punished.”

“Injured Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay being airlifted for medical treatment to Chandigarh,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet.

Jail sources said Sanaullah had been in the Kot Bhalwal Jail for the last 17 years. He has been booked in eight cases, including murder, and been given life imprisonment in two.

Vinod Kumar belongs to Uttarakhand and has been in Kot Bhalwal for six years. He is undergoing life imprisonment for murdering his colleague in Leh.

According to sources, both were brought to the jail grounds Friday as was routine. “They were all talking to each other when all of sudden some altercation took place between the two and Vinod Kumar hit Sanaullah on the head.”

Officials are trying ascertain whether Sanaullah was attacked with bricks or a shovel handle.

The state administration has tightened security in all the 14 jails in Jammu and Kashmir where about 80 Pakistani prisoners are lodged.

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