Pakistan: Indian Death Row Prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s Killer Shot Dead by Gunmen in Lahore

Pakistan: Indian Death Row Prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s Killer Shot Dead by Gunmen in Lahore


Amir Sarfaraz Tamba, an accused in the murder of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan and a close associate of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan Punjab’s Lahore on Sunday.

According to reports, Tamba was attacked by assailants on motorcycles in the Islampura area. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, but declared brought dead. While CNN-News18 cannot independently verify this news, even the police have not yet confirmed it. But, it was reported by other news agencies like PTI citing official sources.

A PTI report said Tamba’s family members said two men came on a motorcycle to their house and shot him in the upper storey. His body bore four bullet wounds, two each in the chest and legs, the report said, adding while one of the gunmen was wearing a helmet, another had put up a mask on his face and both of them fled the scene after firing at him.

Tamba was enjoying all facilities, including a mobile phone inside the jail, during his imprisonment for his criminal activities, the sources said.

The report further said Tamba was born in Lahore in 1979 and was a close aide of Saeed, who felicitated him for killing Sarabjit Singh. Notorious as “Lahore ka asli don”, Tamba was part of the ‘Truckenwalla gang’ and was engaged in the property trade and drug trafficking. He was recently involved in a clash with one of the gang members, Ameer Balaj Tipu, who was later killed during a marriage reception in Lahore.

Sarabjit Singh died of cardiac arrest in Jinnah Hospital Lahore in the early hours of May 2, 2013, after being in a coma for nearly a week following a brutal assault by inmates inside the high-security Central Jail Lahore. He was attacked with bricks and iron rods. He was convicted of participating in several bombings in Pakistan’s Punjab province in 1990 and was sentenced to death.

Singh’s family, however, has maintained that he was a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border. His sister Dalbir Kaur had fought a long battle to secure his release from the neighbouring country, but failed. She died in 2022 in Amritsar.

Manoj GuptaManoj Gupta is Group Editor, Security Affairs at CNN-News18…Read More

first published: April 14, 2024, 18:49 IST


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