Fate did not allow Sarabjit Singh to have his wish for a radio and books fulfilled.
On April 21, just five days before he was attacked and brutally assaulted by fellow inmates, Sarabjit Singh had requested Pakistan authorities to allow him to keep a radio and books in his cell as per the rules under the jail manual.
The letter written by Sarabjit’s lawyer Awais Sheikh on his behalf to Home Secretary, Punjab Pakistan, says he has already spent 22 years in solitary confinement in central jail Lahore and he has proved throughout his behaviour and conducts a law abiding, well disciplined prisoner. The letter in possession of Express was also signed by Sarabjit.
“Keeping his excellent record of 22 years stay in jail, it is humbly requested that on humanitarian grounds, he may be allowed to keep one band radio, small TV, usage of books and jail library, under rules 344 of Pakistan prison rules (jail manual),” letter said.
In another letter written in Urdu dated February 21, 2013, Sarabjit asked everybody in India to speak up about his innocence to Naved, a Pakistan-based documentary filmmaker who was planning to make a film on the plight of Sarabjit.
The signed letter urging everybody to clarify his identity and roots said the documentary film is supposed to be aired on a popular private Pakistani news channel and may help to establish his real identity.
Sarabjit’s lawyer argued that Sarabjit in the last 22 years was never found violating jail rules and regulations and there was no complaint against him by fellow prisoners. Sheikh in his book Sarabjit Singh-A Mistaken Identity had said he was arrested as Manjit Singh in 1990 and convicted and sentenced in 1991 for his alleged involvement in Lahore blast.