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Pakistani dies after being beaten in Indian prison

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 9:33 am •  Published: May 9, 2013

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Pakistani prisoner serving a life sentence in India died Thursday from a beating that occurred a day after a convicted Indian spy was killed inside a Pakistani prison, and the rival nations have accused each other of not doing enough to protect prisoners.

Pakistani diplomat Sultan Hasan said the inmate, Sanaullah Ranjay, died in a hospital in northern India after slipping into a coma. He had been beaten up by a fellow inmate Friday in the prison in Jammu, the winter capital of Indian-ruled Kashmir.

Ranjay was jailed in 1999 and was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for being a Pakistani militant operating in Indian Kashmir. The charges against him included murder and waging war against India.

On May 2, an Indian man convicted of spying in Pakistan died days after he was bludgeoned with a brick by fellow inmates at a prison in Lahore.

Indian and Pakistan have fought each other in three major wars, two of them over Kashmir, since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

Ranjay's body was flown by a special Pakistani plane to the city of Sialkot later Thursday for burial, Pakistan state TV reported.

A Pakistan foreign ministry statement said the brutal manner in which Ranjay was attacked in the jail was most unfortunate. It demanded that India investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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