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Sanaullah Ranjay: Pakistan inmate family visit India hospital

Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah, an inmate of India"s central Jammu jail that was attacked by Indian inmates at a prison, is carried from a hospital to an ambulance in Jammu on May 3, 2013,
Image caption Sanaullah Ranjay was attacked in a high security Indian prison

Relatives of a Pakistani prisoner who was attacked by a fellow inmate at a high-security prison in Indian-administered Kashmir have visited him in hospital, reports say.

Sanaullah Ranjay's condition in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Chandigarh city continues to be "critical", doctors say.

Ranjay suffered injuries in the attack at Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu last week.

He has been in prison for the past 17 years on militancy-related charges.

Police said Ranjay was attacked by a former Indian army soldier convicted of murder after a row between the two men on Friday morning.

Two members of Ranjay's family - brother-in-law Mohammed Sehzaad and nephew Mohammed Asif - crossed over into India from Pakistan at the Wagah-Attari border on Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters on arrival, Ranjay's relatives urged the Indian government to release him so that they could take him back to Pakistan, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

They later visited him in the hospital in Chandigarh.

On Monday, Pakistan's top diplomat in India, Salman Bashir, had visited Ranjay at the hospital.

"His condition is critical. The outcome [chance of survival] is bleak," Mr Bashir told reporters.

The attack on Ranjay happened on the day that an Indian prisoner, who died after being attacked in a Pakistani jail, was being cremated in India.

Sarabjit Singh, sentenced to death by Pakistan in 1991 for spying, had been attacked with bricks by inmates in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail a week earlier.

Pakistan's government has expressed "deep concern" over the attack on Ranjay and said it was "obvious retaliation" for the killing of Sarabjit Singh.

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