NEW DELHI: Even as Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, whose body was brought home from Lahore on Thursday, was given a state funeral at his native Bhikhiwind near Amritsar on Friday amid thousands of mourners, including VIPs, the second post-mortem of his body has shockingly revealed that the face of his skull was virtually broken into two pieces and his vital organs such as heart, kidneys and even the stomach are missing.
In retaliation, a Pakistan prisoner named Sanaullah who comes from Sialkot, was brutally attacked by a former Indian army jawan in a Jammu prisoner. Sanaukkah, was arrested in the 1990s for his role in the militancy in J & K, went into a coma and shifted to the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Chandigarh. His condition is said to be stable as India has quickly allowed consular access to Pakistani diplomats in India.
The second post-mortem on Sarabjit Singh was performed at the Amritsar Medical College at the request of the family. Pakistani doctors had performed the first post-mortem which said the cause of Sarabjit Singh’s death was cardiac arrest.
The 49-year-old died in Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital six days after he was brutally attacked by some inmates in Kot Lakhpat Jail on April 26.
People shouted `Bole So Nihal’ as a contingent of Punjab Police reversed their arms and fired shots into the air as Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur lit the pyre of his brother in the presence of his widow Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters Swapandeep Kaur and Poonam.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur, Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, National Schedule Caste Commission deputy chairman Raj Kumar Verka and local MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha were among the thousands of people who attended the funeral.
Earlier, Sarabjit Singh’s body, wrapped in the National Flag, was brought to the village ground for people to pay their last respects to a man who reportedly strayed into Pakistan in 1990 and was later implicated in a series of blasts in Pakistani cities of Lahore and Multan in 1991 and given the death sentence.
He was to be executed in 2008 after his mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, but it was stoppedby the then government, led by Asif Zardari.
Thousands of people from neighboring places descended on Bhikhiwind – which has its own population of over 10,000 – to pay their condolence to Sarabjit Singh. They chanted slogans of `Pakistan Murdabad’ and `Sarabjit Amar rahe’ as the authorities had made large-scale security arrangement. Bhikhiwind has been under total shut-down since the death of Sarabjit Singh.
Punjab is observing a three-day mourning to honour the memory of a man whose death in Pakistan has angered the entire nation. Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, who has also announced Rs 1 crore to Sarabjit Singh’s family and jobs for the two daughters, sought an international probe into his death. The Punjab assembly has declared Sarabjit Singh as `national martyr.’
Meanwhile, Dr Gurjit Singh, the forensic department head at Amritsar Medical College where the second post-mortem on Sarabjit Singh was performed, said that the exact cause of the death will be known only after the results of viscera tests come in. He said the body bore multiple fractures.
Dr Mann said, “The main motive was to kill the person. The face of the skull was completely smashed. Rather it was in two pieces. He died from massive head injuries.”