Pak lawyer moves court for thorough probe into death of Indian 'spy' in custody

Lahore, Jan. 30 (ANI): A petition has been moved before the Lahore High Court seeking direction for thorough investigation into the death of an Indian Sikh convict in Kot Lakhpat prison, who was reportedly beaten to death by jail authorities.

The petitioner, Awais Sheikh, a lawyer by profession, said that Chamel Singh had been awarded a five-year term on the charges of spying, reports the Daily Times.

Sheikh said he had received information about the death from a former inmate who was freed just three days after Singh's death. He said the inmate claimed that Singh was mercilessly beaten by the jail staff, and was admitted to Jinnah Hospital in a critical condition. Singh died on January 15.

He further said that Singh's body has been lying in the mortuary of Jinnah Hospital for two weeks and is yet to undergo an autopsy.

Sheikh said that on approaching the jail authorities to confirm the incident, a deputy superintendent of the jail confirmed the death but denied the charge of any torture, and claimed that Singh died of a cardiac arrest.

Sheikh said Singh's family want to know the real cause of the death. He requested the court to issue directions to the jail superintendent to appear in person before the court and submit a report about the incident. He also requested that the medical superintendent of the hospital should also be directed to conduct an autopsy to ascertain the cause of Singh's death. (ANI)