Sarabjit was RAW's man in Pakistan, says report

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New Delhi, May 5: A news report published by a major Indian newspaper has revealed that Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who was brutally assaulted by inmates in a Pakistani jail recently and succumbed to his injuries later, had gone to the neighbouring country for an operation managed by the Reserach and Analysis Wing (RAW) official who later went on to become the agency's chief.

According to the report, Singh had accomplished the task assigned to him but was caught while he was trying to flee, said official sources. Intelligence sources said the operation executed by the Indian didn't serve any purpose but still the agency had carried out many such missions in Pakistan in the early and middle 1990s.

The sources also added that some of the operations which were carried out by the RAW were completely mindless and spies like Singh and his family had to pay the cost, the report said. It was also said that some of the operations were executed out of personal bravado so that they could get 'something' done in Pakistan.

According to another news report, a former special secretary in the RAW recently said that the Indian state "over-reacted" over the death of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan. He said this while speaking on terrorism at the International Centre in Panaji, Goa.

Singh was convicted by a Pakistani court for spying and involvement in the 1990 bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad in which 14 people were killed. He was given a death sentence by a trial court in 1991 and remained on death row till May 2012. It was then when his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the President of Pakistan.

Singh went to coma after being beaten up and his body was handed over to India aafter he died in Lahore's Jinna Hospital.

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