Singh, aged 49, was attacked by fellow inmates with bricks last week in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore. The inmates had been released from their cells for a one hour break at the time the incident occurred. He then fell into a coma and died yesterday morning at Jinnah hospital, also in Lahore.
He was sentenced to death sixteen years ago on espionage charges. Singh was accused over spying and his involvement in the 1990 bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad, which killed 14 people. His family have denied the spy charges against him, saying that he had simply strayed into Pakistan territory by mistake, and it was a case of mistaken identity. There were many protests and appeals for his release – or at the very least a transfer back to India – as worries were raised about his safety in a Pakistan prison. While under the prison’s care, Singh had sustained a few serious injuries, one of which was a fractured skull.
Singh’s wife, sister, and daughters had visited him in hospital while he was in the coma, but he sadly did not recover and dies just hours after their visit.
Two inmates at the prison are now charged with murder, and two jail officials have been suspended.
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