In an apparently retaliatory attack for the Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit who died in a Lahore hospital on May 2, Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay lodged at Jammu's Kot Bhalwal jail was severely injured by jail inmates on May 3.
Like Sarabjit's family visited Pakistan to ask the authorities to return him back to India, similarly Sanaullah's family members too came to India and wanted him back in Pakistan.
Ranjay's brother-in-law and nephew reached India on Tuesday via Wagah border and requested his release based on ‘humanitarian grounds'. They were received by officials of the Pakistani High Commission at Wagah, the land crossing between the two countries in the border district of Amritsar.
Speaking to reporters, the inmate's family members said they would urge the Indian government to release Ranjay so that they could take him back to their home country. The relatives were later taken to Chandigarh.
Even as family members of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay arrived in India to visit him, doctors treating him said his condition is extremely critical as he has now contracted jaundice due to infections.
Doctors treating Ranjay, 52, at Chandigarh's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said his condition has worsened due to jaundice.
"He has developed jaundice, a sign of severe infection. His clinical condition is extremely critical," said a medical bulletin issued this afternoon by PGIMER. "He continues to be febrile (feverish). The metabolic parameters are almost the same. His oxygen requirement has increased to 80 per cent to maintain the arterial oxygen at the minimal desired level. His X-ray (chest) shows bilateral pulmonary infiltrates," it said.
A resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, Ranjay was serving a life term after being convicted under Tada provisions following his arrest in 1999.
He was immediately shifted to PGIMER in Chandigarh in an air ambulance due to his critical condition. He is in deep coma since he was admitted to the premier state-run hospital in the region.
The incident took place a day after Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner in Pakistan, died due to grievous injuries sustained in a murderous assault on him in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.