New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to the Government of Rajasthan over the killing of a Pakistani prisoner by fellow inmates in Jaipur Central Jail, ANI reported. Further, the Commission also asked all the States and Union Territories (UTs) to take precautionary measures in every jail where Pakistani nationals are currently lodged. Also Read - Amid Nationwide Lockdown, Coronavirus Death Toll in India Reaches 50; Total Cases Stand at 1,965
Notably, inmate named Shakrullah was lodged in the jail’s special cell since 2011 and was serving life sentence under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Earlier, he and seven others were held in a Punjab jail, accused of radicalising young people. In 2017, the LeT operative was sentenced to imprisonment for life. Also Read - Coronavirus in Pakistan: Imran Khan Sets up Corona Tiger Force to do Jihad, 90K Applications Received
According to police, the 50-year-old inmate was killed in a brawl with other prisoners. The prisoners fought over the volume of a television set and hit the inmate from Sialkot in Pakistan’s Punjab with a large stone, they said. Also Read - China Says it is Ready to Help India Procure Ventilators But Ramping up Production Not Easy
The killing in Jaipur prison comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack in which a car bomb killed 40 CRPF personnel.
On Wednesday, Pakistan expressed concern and sought a response from India over the killing of the inmate.
According to Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO), Shakrullah was beaten to death by a group of Indian inmates in retaliation of the Pulwama incident. “Pakistan is gravely concerned at media reports regarding the brutal killing of a Pakistani prisoner,” the FO said.
It said the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has officially raised the issue with the Indian authorities and requested them to urgently authenticate the report. The response is still awaited, it added.
Pakistan also called upon the Indian government to ensure foolproof security to all Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails as well as Pakistani visitors to India.
(With agency inputs)