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Sarabjit Singh dies in Pakistan; family says declare him a martyr

Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was admitted to a Lahore hospital after being savagely attacked in jail, died Thursday, a media report said.

He suffered serious head injuries after being attacked by two prisoners at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail April 26. He was on ventilator support since then.

Sarabjit Singh dies in Pakistan; family says declare him a martyr
Sarabjit Singh (File pic)

On Wednesday night, the Indian external affairs ministry said that his condition was "serious and critical".

A late night tweet posted by Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said: "Sarabjit Singh's medical situation remains 'serious and critical' as per update provided to Indian officials in Lahore at 10 pm local time."

Earlier Wednesday, Pakistan acceded to India's request for daily consular access to Sarabjit Singh.

India also made a fervent appeal to Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh or at least to shift him to a third country for "proper treatment".

Family wants martyr status for Sarabjit

Sarabjit's family said that should be given the stature of a "shaheed" or martyr.

The family - sister Dalbir Kaur, Sarabjit's wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters Swapandeep and Poonam - arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night from Amritsar.

State-level funeral for Sarabjit

The Punjab government Thursday announced that Sarabjit would be given a state-level funeral after his body is handed over and brought back to India.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in a statement, said that Sarabjit would be given a state-level funeral after his body is brought here. He expressed anguish over the death of Sarabjit.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also announced that both daughters of Sarabjit Singh would be given government jobs.

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