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Sarabjit Singh: Indian prisoner's condition 'deteriorates' in Pakistan

  • 30 April 2013
  • From the section India
Indian school children hold photographs of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian spy on death row in Pakistan as they light candles and pray for his recovery in Amritsar, India, Monday, April 29, 2013
Image caption There have been protests in India against the attack

The condition of an Indian man on death row in Pakistan for a spying conviction has "further deteriorated" since an attack left him in a coma last week, doctors say.

Sarabjit Singh is in the intensive care unit of the state-run Jinnah Hospital.

He was attacked by inmates with bricks in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail on Friday.

Singh was convicted for spying and sentenced for four bomb attacks that killed 14 people in Lahore and Faisalabad in 1990.

His family says he is innocent and strayed across the border in Punjab by accident.

'No improvement'

India has appealed for Sarabjit Singh's release and his relatives say they want him taken abroad for treatment.

Allama Iqbal Medical College head Mahmood Shaukat, who is supervising Singh's treatment, said top neurosurgeons and physicians were providing him with the best treatment, Press Trust of India reported.

But Mr Shaukat said: "In our latest investigation, there was no sign of improvement [in Sarabjit Singh's condition]. Rather, his condition further deteriorated."

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the attack as "very sad" and there have been protests in India.

Sarabjit Singh was reportedly attacked on Friday as he and other prisoners were brought out of their cells for a one-hour break.

Two inmates have been charged with attempted murder and two officials suspended.

Tensions have increased in the past six months with the execution in India of Kashmiri Afzul Guru over the 2001 attack on India's parliament, and of Mohammed Ajmal Qasab, a Pakistani who was the sole surviving attacker from the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Sarabjit Singh's lawyer Owais Sheikh has said his client had received threats after Guru's execution.

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