Indian fisherman found dead in Karachi jail

Cause of Kishore Bhagwan's death is yet to be ascertained; India yet to hear from Pak.

Karachi/New Delhi: In the second incident of its kind in less than two months, an Indian fisherman was on Tuesday found dead in mysterious circumstances in a jail in this Pakistani port city.

The prisoner found dead in Landhi jail was identified as Kishore Bhagwan in media reports. The cause of Bhagwan's death is yet to be ascertained. His body was shifted to a hospital.

Indian diplomatic sources said they were yet to hear from Pakistani officials on the matter.

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Bhagwan was among more than 50 Indian fishermen arrested for allegedly entering Pakistan's Exclusive Economic Zone in January last year. He escaped from jail a month later by climbing over a wall. He was recaptured in December last year. Pakistani media reports quoted police as saying that he lived on on the roads of Karachi after his escape.

India has asked its mission in Islamabad to find out the details. The Ministry of External Affairs has asked its mission to check and find out the details of the incident, official sources said Tuesday.

On December 19, Indian fisherman Bhikha Lakha Shiyal, 35, died in a jail in Karachi and the cause of his death too is yet to be ascertained. His body is yet to be handed over to Indian authorities.

"We are likely to receive the body (of Shiyal) soon. We would be making arrangements for the mortal remains to be sent back," an Indian diplomat told PTI.

The Indian government has approached Pakistani authorities to speed up the process of sending back Shiyal's body, which has been kept in a morgue.

( Source : PTI )
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