Explained: What happens when Pakistani civilians die in Indian custody?

Four Pakistani nationals being held as detainees at the Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) in Bhuj, Kutch, in Gujarat have died since November last year. Authorities have cited “mental illness” and “respiratory failure” as prima facie causes of deaths in all the four cases. Three of the four bodies continue to lie in the morgue of a government hospital in Jamnagar. The four deaths * On November 4, 2020, Riyaz Faizbax (50), of Kantiyar village in Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, died after he was admitted to G K General Hospital in Bhuj following difficulty in breathing. * On November 19, 2020, Ashiq Ali Sadiq Ali (45), another Pakistani national, died after he tested positive for Covid-19. * Two other men, Saiyad Abdul Rahim (32) and Arab alias Arbas Misribhai Jat (60), both Pakistanis, died on December 1, 2020, and January 11, 2021 respectively. In all four cases, JIC officers said that the Pakistani nationals were suffering from “mental illness”, and had died after being admitted to hospital after they complained of difficulty in breathing.

Explained: What happens when Pakistani civilians die in Indian custody?

Four Pakistani nationals being held as detainees at the Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) in Bhuj, Kutch, in Gujarat have died since November last year. Authorities have cited “mental illness” and “respiratory failure” as prima facie causes of deaths in all the four cases. Three of the four bodies continue to lie in the morgue of a government hospital in Jamnagar.

The four deaths

* On November 4, 2020, Riyaz Faizbax (50), of Kantiyar village in Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, died after he was admitted to G K General Hospital in Bhuj following difficulty in breathing.

* On November 19, 2020, Ashiq Ali Sadiq Ali (45), another Pakistani national, died after he tested positive for Covid-19.

* Two other men, Saiyad Abdul Rahim (32) and Arab alias Arbas Misribhai Jat (60), both Pakistanis, died on December 1, 2020, and January 11, 2021 respectively.

In all four cases, JIC officers said that the Pakistani nationals were suffering from “mental illness”, and had died after being admitted to hospital after they complained of difficulty in breathing.

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