Security beefed up outside Pakistan embassy in New Delhi

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Security has been beefed up outside Pakistan embassy in New Delhi, following the death of Indian prisoner, Sarabjit Singh.

Political parties in India have been criticizing the Government of India for not taking adequate steps to get Sarabjit Singh back. Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Naresh Agarwal said today that Indian government allowed Pakistan to dictate terms to it. "The unfortunate death of Sarabjit Singh is the death of India's self-respect. We were concerned about Singh and it shows how the Indian government dealt with the Pakistan and allowed it to dictate terms," said Agarwal.

Sarabjit Singh, who was brutally beaten in a Lahore jail, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Lahore in the early hours of Thursday.

Convicted of spying and carrying out multiple blasts in Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh was hospitalised with a serious head injury, after two fellow prisoners attacked him in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on April 26.

Following the report of the death of Sarabjit Singh in the Lahore hospital, The police cordoned off the area outside the Pakistan embassy here and rapid action force personnel stand guard to avert any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari said that Pakistan government must account for Singh's death.

"Indian citizen has been murdered in cold blood in the custody of the Pakistan state. The Pakistani establishment must account for his death. Repeatedly, over all these years government of India has been pursuing with the government of Pakistan that a humanitarian view needs to be taken with regards to Sarabjit Singh," said Tewari.

Earlier, Singh's family members returned to New Delhi on Wednesday from Pakistan after they were granted special permission to visit him. The family was seeking transfer of Sarabjit to India for better medical treatment.

The Indian government had been urging Pakistan to allow Sarabjit to be brought back to India for advanced medical treatment, but a panel of doctors in Pakistan said that Sarabjit was getting the 'best treatment'.

Singh was arrested in Pakistan in 1991 and sentenced to death for spying and carrying out four bomb blasts that killed 14 people. His family says he is innocent.

In 2008, the then President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf stayed the execution of Sarabjit Singh after appeals for clemency from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.(ANI)


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