The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday demanded parity in disbursement of compensation for another Indian prisoner’s family, Chamel Singh, who like Sarabjit Singh died after being attacked in the same Kot Lakhpat jail of Lahore.
Talking to reporters here, Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna, who is in-charge of BJP’s affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, drew parallels in the circumstances which led to the death of Chamel Singh, who was convicted for espionage in Pakistan, after he too had crossed the international border. He was arrested in 2008, while a court handed him a prison term of five years in 2010. On January 15, this year, he succumbed to his injuries in Lahore’s Jinnah hospital, after allegedly being beaten up by jail wardens and other inmates.
Mr. Khanna said that as Chamel Singh’s case was identical to that of Sarabjit Singh, the family of the former must be compensated similarly. He demanded that while Jammu and Kashmir, the native State of Chamel Singh,must emulate Punjab in paying Rs. 1 crore, the Union Government must also release Rs. 25 lakh to the family of the deceased.
Mr. Khanna said that he had written to the President, the Prime Ministerand the Union Home Minister seeking their direct intervention on the matter. Earlier the BJP performed a prayer service in accordance to Hindu rituals in memory of Chamel Singh and handed a cheque to one of his relatives.