Manmohan Singh condemns 'brutal attack on Sarabjit' in Pakistan jail

New Delhi, Apr. 27 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condemned the brutal attack on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan which he said was ' a very sad incident'.

"Yes, It is very sad. Some inmates attacked him in jail. I think that is a very sad development," Dr. Singh told mediapersons on the sidelines of the defence investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday.

Sarabjit Singh was in a 'deep coma' and put on ventilator support after being assaulted by a group of prisoners inside a Pakistani jail.

Two Indian High Commission officials got consular access to Sarabjit Singh in the ICU of Jinnah Hospital this morning, where he was admitted after being attacked by two prisoners in the jail.

"The officials of India's High Commission in Islamabad obtained access to Sarabjit in the ICU of Jinnah hospital, Lahore at 2:00 a.m.," said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesman Syed Akbaruddin.

"Doctors attending to Sarabjit Singh informed the Indian officials that he is in coma on ventilator and receiving IV drip," he said.

The Indian mission had contacted Pakistan's Foreign Office on Friday night to seek consular access.

The two Indian officials went to the hospital and spent some time with Sarabjit.

Security has been beefed up at the hospital, where dozens of police commandos have been deployed.

The attack occurred inside Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail when the victim and other prisoners were brought out of their cells for an hour-long break. The two prisoners assaulted Sarabjit with blunt objects and he sustained a severe head injury.

Sarabjit Singh was arrested in Pakistan in 1991 and sentenced to death on charges of spying and carrying out four bomb blasts that killed 14 people.

However, his family contends he is innocent and a victim of wrong identity who crossed into Pakistan in 1990 in an inebriated state. (ANI)