Pakistani prisoners end fast in Jammu jail



Jammu: The tension, which gripped high security Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu after Pakistani prisoners went on a fast to protest the death of Sanaullah Ranjay, ended on Friday after they had their afternoon meals.

"They have taken food in the afternoon today," said DIG Prisons, Mohammad Sultan Lone. As many as 22 Pakistani prisoners lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail had gone on a fast since Thursday afternoon, protesting the death of Sanaullah.

Sanaullah Ranjay, who slipped into coma after being assaulted by a fellow inmate on May 3, died on Wednesday morning at PGIMER in Chandigarh, where he was being treated for his injuries.

"They were expecting that he (Sanaullah) will be cremated today...They had a 14-year-long association with him, it is difficult for anyone to have food in such circumstances ... there was nothing serious about it," Lone said, playing down the tension.

Sanaullah, a resident of Daluwali in Sailkot district of Pakistan, was arrested in 1994 for his involvement in two blasts in passenger vehicles at Satwari and Manda Morh in Jammu, resulting to the death of 14 persons and injuring several others.

He was sent to jail in 1999 and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009.

PTI