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Sanaullah dies in hospital; body flown back to Pak
Family, officials also fly to Sialkot in special plane
Ritika Jha Palial/TNS

Chandigarh, May 9
Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah (51), who was brutally assaulted in a Jammu jail on Friday, died at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) following multiple organ failure this morning.

Sanaullah was brought to the institute after being referred from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, on Friday. He had been in deep coma ever since.

A medical board later conducted a post-mortem examination, which pointed towards severe head injuries caused by sharp-edged weapon as the cause of death.

The body was airlifted from the Chandigarh airport to Sialkot, Pakistan, in a special PIA aircraft sent by Pakistan’s Ministry of External Affairs around 6.25 pm today. His family and some Pakistan delegates also flew back in the aircraft.

Sanaullah who was admitted to the Advanced Trauma Centre was put on ventilator after his arrival at the hospital. His condition deteriorated despite efforts by experts to revive him. The doctors declared him dead at 6.56 am following multiple organ failure.

In addition to deep fracture in the skull, he had developed jaundice and breathing problem. He had been put on dialysis after his kidneys stopped functioning on Wednesday.

The life support system was removed after his pulse stopped around 6.15 am. The body was handed over to the UT police and shifted to the mortuary for an autopsy around 8.30 am. Sanaullah’s two relatives and two representatives of the Pakistan High Commission arrived at the hospital around 9 am.

Around 1 pm, a medical board conducted the post-mortem examination, which lasted one and half hours.

Representatives of the Pakistan High Commission and Sanaullah’s relatives declined hospital authorities’ request to embalm the body to preserve it from decay. “Embalming often hinders the procedure of autopsy. Another post-mortem examination may be conducted back home,” said Sultan Hasan, press secretary, Pakistan High Commission.

Sanaullah’s brother-in-law Mohammad Shahzaad (28) said: “We are not interested in any formalities. We only want to take bhai jaan’s body home. We are not interested in conducting another post-mortem examination in our country. We only want to pray for the departed soul.”

(With inputs from Vivek Gupta)

Customs delay

It took more than one hour to complete the requisite customs and immigration formalities before the body was flown back to Pakistan from Chandigarh. The body arrived at the airport around 5.20 pm, 15 minutes after a Pakistan International Airline’s ATR flight landed.

No organs removed

Unlike in Sarabjit’s case, the Indian doctors did not remove vital organs from Sanaullah’s body during autopsy. The Indian doctors had found vital organs such as gall bladder, heart and kidneys missing during Sarabjit’s autopsy.



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