New Delhi: The Indian government has inquired consular access to an Indian hostage in Pakistan who was informed to have been attacked regularly in Pakistan jail. Also, the Indian government wants access to Indian beaten every day in Pakistan jail, while “Hamid Nehal Ansari” was punched twice in Peshawar central jail in the last two months in Pakistan.
A jail official also thrashed Ansari daily, his lawyer was quoted as having told a court on Thursday. Jail superintendent Masoodur Rehman, however, argued that Ansari's injuries were minor and that such incidents "keep happening" in prisons.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing in New Delhi on Friday that a petition was filed in the Peshawar high court earlier following reports that Ansari was attacked in prison.
Ansari, serving a threeyear term, is kept in a death cell. Superintendent Rehman said in his statement in the court that the Indian "can't be kept in a normal barrack with other prisoners for the sake of his security". Ansari, who allegedly possessed a fake Pakistani identity card, was arrested by intelligence agencies in November 2012 and tried by a military court.