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Injured Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah in deep coma, remains critical

Chandigarh: The condition of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who was injured in a scuffle with another inmate in Jammu jail, remained critical.

Sanaullah is on a "ventilator, remains unconsicious and is on dopamine and noradrenaline infusions to maintain his blood pressure", sources at the Post Graduate Institue of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said.

Sanaullah was brought to PGIMER last evening from Jammu after being airlifted from there.

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The 52-year-old prisoner had been first rushed to Jammu's Government Medical College and Hospital.

Upon his arrival in Chandigarh, the PGIMER said Sanaullah was checked by neurosurgeons at the Jammu hospital, "who detected head injuries with a large fracture. CT scan showed multiple contusions with severe brain edema (brain capillaries damaged due to head injury)."

He is being looked after by a team of neurosurgeons and other doctors at PGIMER's Trauma ICU, where security has been tightened with attendants of some patients complaining about inconvenience being faced by them.

According to PGIMER, Sanaullah's urine output appears to be adequate and further treatment "including neurosurgical intervention will depend on his stabilisation and neurological status".

Earlier on Saturday, a team of Pakistani high commission officials visited Sanaullah at PGIMER after India granted consular access to them last night.

The sources said that the officials again visited PGIMER and were in touch with the doctors there to seek regular update on the prisoner's condition.

Sanuallah is serving a life term after being convicted under TADA provisions following his arrest in 1999.

Two prison officials including jail superintendent Rajni Sehgal have been suspended by the Jammu and Kashmir government in connection with the assault.

While Sanaullah gets treatment in a hospital in Chandigarh, Pakistan's caretaker PM Mir Hazar Khan Khoso had asked his Indian counterpart to personally look into the matter and ensure a thorough investigation.

In a statement, Khoso expressed "deep concern" over the incident and noted that a large number of Pakistani nationals were incarcerated in Indian prisons.

"It is our expectation that the Indian government would ensure the safety of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails and also facilitate expeditious release of all those Pakistani prisoners who have completed their jail terms," Khoso said.

He said this humanitarian issue that affected the lives of scores of people should be addressed in the spirit it deserves.

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid has terming the attack on Pakistani prisoner as "extremely distressing" and said Pakistan will be provided all assistance and promised full investigation to fix responsibility for the assault.

He rubbished any talks of retaliation and conspiracy in this "unfortunate" incident. He regretted that the incident took place even after the government of India had issued alert on the safety of Pakistani prisoners to all prisons and police authorities of all states in the aftermath of murderous attack on Sarabjit Singh in a Lahore jail.

"Injuries caused to a person in incarceration is unacceptable and sad. Therefore we are cooperating with Pakistan...," Khurshid told reporters accompanying him on a three-day visit to Iran.

PTI

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