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Doctors Report The Condition Of Sarabijitís Sister As being Stable

by Medindia Content Team on August 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM
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Doctors Report The Condition Of Sarabijitís Sister As being Stable

The doctors attending on Dalbir Kaur, a sister of Indian national Sarabjit Singh who is facing death penalty in Pakistan, have said today that she is out of danger, and her condition is stable.

Ms Kaur had on the day before attempted suicide attempt in a town in Punjab. Sources reported that she was then rushed to a private hospital in the town of Bhikhiwind, which was around 50 kms from Amritsar, after she had presumably consumed something.


Dalbir was rushed to a private hospital in Bhikhiwind town, 50 km from here, Thursday evening after she 'consumed something'. Her condition is stable, said doctors.

Tarn Taran police chief Praveen Sahni told reporters that the police would register a case of attempt to suicide against Dalbir only if tests show that the substance she consumed was poisonous.

The police have taken samples of the substance consumed by her and sent them to a government laboratory in Patiala. Doctors attending on her said that she seemed to have swallowed some sedatives and not any poisonous substance.

Her family members said that Dalbir was under depression for the last week after receiving a letter from Sarabjit from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat prison saying that he was being ill treated by Pakistani officials and was not able to get medical treatment.

Sukhpreet Kaur, the wife of Sarabjit Singh, who lives in Bhikhiwind and has been at loggerheads with Dalbir over the way the latter was running the 'Save Sarabjit campaign' and collecting millions of rupees, alleged that the suicide attempt was a 'drama' enacted by Dalbir to get more attention.

Dalbir's neighbours, who broke her room door to take her to hospital Thursday, said that Dalbir had called a few media persons before locking herself in her room and consuming the tablets.

When the save Sarabjit campaign was at its peak earlier this year, Dalbir Kaur and other family members had threatened that they would commit suicide if Pakistani authorities did not release Sarabjit.

Sarabjit Singh was last year sentenced to death by Pakistan's Supreme Court after security agencies there held him linked him to bombings at various places in Pakistan in 1990. Sarabjit had been claiming he was innocent, saying he had strayed into Pakistani territory under the influence of liquor in 1990 and was arrested there.

The campaign to save Sarabjit Singh grabbed media attention and even had Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh taking up the matter with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. However, Pakistan remained non-committal on his release.

Source: IANS


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