Pakistan: Indian prisoner attacked in Peshawar jail


New Delhi: Hamid Nehal Ansari, a convicted Indian prisoner suffered injuries after being beaten by other inmates in the Peshawar Central Jail, his lawyer told a Peshawar High Court bench on Thursday. After hearing court has ordered the superintendent of the central jail in the provincial capital and the civil society to jointly decide on measures for the protection of an imprisoned Indian national.

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Hamid Nehal Ansari, a Mumbai resident arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online, suffered injuries after he was attacked by inmates in the Prison.

Superintendent of the prison Masoodur Rehman confirmed the incidents but insisted they're of minor nature and that such incidents did happen in prisons, a pakistani news paper reported on Friday.

Rehman also told the bench that Ansari, who was serving three years jail term, had been kept in the death cell. "He (Ansari) can't be kept in a normal barrack along with other prisoners for the sake of his security," he said.

Ansari's lawyer said the jail superintendent should give an undertaking to the court that attacks wont happen against his client in future. 

The superintendent, however, said he couldn't give a written guarantee in that regard, the paper said. Ansari had gone missing after he was taken into custody by intelligence agencies and local police in Kohat in 2012 and finally in reply to a habeas corpus petition filed by his mother, Fauzia Ansari, the high court was informed on January 13 that he was in custody of the Pakistan Army and was being tried by a military court.

He was convicted by the military court for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card and sentenced to three years imprisonment.

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