NEW DELHI/AMRITSAR: India on Thursday reacted with anger and dismay on hearing the news of death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Lahore’s government-run Jinnah Hospital this morning.

Sarabjit had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with a severe head injury and injuries to his neck and torso last Friday.

He had been attacked by six Pakistani prisoners while on a stroll inside Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.

In an official statement, ministry of external affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said: “It is with great anguish that we have received the news of the demise of Sarabjit Singh who has succumbed to injury after the brutal attack on him in a jail.”

“It was simply a killing of our citizen in jail. We demand the government of Pakistan should conduct a thorough investigation to identify those who are guilty,” he added.

“We share deep condolences with the family. We have demanded that the Pakistani officials release his body so that he can be given funeral in India amongst his people,” Akbaruddin said.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described Sarabjit’s death in a hospital in Lahore as “condemnable”.

“This is a shameful incident. This is a heinous crime that they have killed an Indian citizen. Today, the country is angry and sad. Nothing has been done even by the government even when they knew everything,” Naqvi added.

“We expect that at least now the Indian Government will take some strict action,” Naqvi said.

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