LAHORE: Reports on Tuesday suggested that Raymond Davis, held in jail for the alleged murder of two Pakistanis in Lahore, has gone on a hunger strike at the Kot Lakhpat jail.
However, a US embassy spokesperson deemed the reports ridiculous saying that the American national was not on hunger strike.
According to Express 24/7 correspondent Shiraz Hasnat, sources confirmed that Davis is demanding reduced surveillance and his favourite food on his particular timings. They added that Davis is brought food by staff from the American consulate in Lahore whenever someone comes to meet him.
Hasnat said that after his conversation with his family a day before yesterday, Davis is “a little bit depressed and that’s why as a protest today he is on hunger strike.”
The Punjab government earlier refused a request by the US consulate in Lahore to remove the surveillance cameras on Davis’ cell and decrease his surveillance. A meeting between the Punjab government and jail authorities is underway to discuss the situation, the correspondent reported.
The consulate has also requested to transfer Davis from the Kot Lakhpat Jail to Rawalpindi’s Adiyala jail. The correspondent said that Raymond Davis had access to a DVD player and a television, as well as access to a phone sometimes. He said other than not cooperating with investigators, Davis has also objected to hearing the Azan (call for prayer) from near his cell.