Sarabjit Singh who was a farmer, accidentally crossed over to Pakistan. He was caught and accused of being a spy by Pakistani authorities. He was arrested at the Kasur border on August 30, 1990 and was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan.
From here began his painful journey of ordeal, until he was stabbed repeatedly in the Pakistani jail, leading to his death.
In 1990, Supreme Court of Pakistan sentenced him for being a part of a series of bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad.
Here is everything you need to know about Sarabjit who was convicted in Pakistan for the crime he didn’t commit:
* Sarabjit was a farmer in a village near Punjab in the Indo-Pakistan border. He had two daughters and was fond of wrestling and kabadi.
* Singh was arrested on an unmarked Indo-Pakistani border area and for a period of nine months, Sarabjit’s sister and family couldn’t find any clue of his whereabouts.
* His family after one year received a letter from him stating he is in Pakistani prison and was being convicted as Manjit Singh, an Indian spy.
* Since Sarabjit had no identification proof, he was given the death sentence under Pakistan’s Army Act in 1991.
* After he got arrested, Sarabjit was charged for the Lahore blasts. But according to his family, these were false allegations against him. Then several mercy petitions were filed by Sarabjit’ lawyers.
* Dallbir Kaur (Sarabjit’s sister) made it her life’s agenda to get him released.
* Inspite of the fact that Sarabjit lawyer’s fifth petition contained 100,000 signatures, none of the mercy petitions were granted.
* Singh was assaulted brutally by other inmates, on April 26, 2013 in the Kot Lakhpat jail. After spending painful 23 years in Pakistani prisons, Sarabjit died on May 2, 2013, six days after the brutal attack.
We salute Dalbir Kaur who fought a long lonely battle for her brother’s release.