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Govt. hands over Rs.25 lakh compensation to Sarabjit's family


The government has handed over a promised compensation of Rs.25 lakh to the family of martyred Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh.

After giving the cheque to the family, Commission for Schedule Castes (SC) and Schedule Tribes (ST) Vice-Chairman Raj Kumar Verka said the amount was not enough for the bereaved family.

"I have handed over a cheque worth 25-lakh rupees, on the behalf of the India government, to this family from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. I think it is insufficient. I have requested the Indian Government to help them as much as possible," said Verka.

Sarabjit Singh succumbed to his injuries in Lahore's government-run Jinnah Hospital almost a week after being attacked by six Pakistani prisoners inside the city's Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Meanwhile, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has appointed Justice Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi to probe the incident.

However, Sarabjit Singh's sister, Dalbir Kaur, was dismissive of the judicial commission set up in Pakistan to probe the murder.

"They have killed my innocent brother. I am not satisfied with it. I don't think we will get justice. I would ask them to return to us belongings of my brother," said Kaur.

Singh was arrested in Pakistan in 1991 and sentenced to death for spying and carrying out four bomb blasts that killed 14 people. But His family maintains that he was an innocent farmer who was arrested after drunkenly wandering over the border.

In an apparent revenge attack, a convicted Pakistani militant Sanaullah Ranjay also lost his life due to multiple organ failure after he was badly beaten in Jammu and Kashmir's Kot Bhalwal Jail.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2013. 09:38 IST