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Prisoners on hunger strike in Lahore jail

Over 1,400 prisoners went on hunger strike at Kot Lakhpat Jail on Wednesday where Indian national Sarabjit Singh was killed, to protest the hostile attitude of the prison staff.

The prisoners refused to have breakfast or lunch, sources said. Senior jail officials were trying to persuade them to end the strike. Jail superintendent Kamran Anjum, however, denied that prisoners had gone on strike.

‘Some prisoners have complained about some issues but they did not go on strike,’ a spokesman of the jail told media.

The striking prisoners complained that the staff woke them up at 3.30 AM and lined them up to go to a factory within the jail. They further complained that the food served to them was of poor quality. The jail became infamous after six prisoners fatally assaulted Sarabjit.
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