So far, more than 800 people have been booked on terrorism charges in connection with the lynching of a Sri Lankan national on charges of blasphemy in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Apart from this, 13 of the 118 arrested are prime suspects. A top police officer gave this information on Saturday. Due to this incident, there is increasing pressure on the government to bring the culprits to justice. At the same time, Pak PM Imran Khan held talks with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
In a shocking incident on Friday, angry supporters of the radical Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) attacked a garment factory and lynched its general manager Priyanta Kumara Diyawadna on charges of blasphemy. After that his body was set on fire.
working for 7 years
Diyavadana (40) hailed from Kandy city in Sri Lanka. He was working as General Manager at Rajco Industries factory in Sialkot district, about 100 km from Lahore, for the last seven years. Inspector General of Police (Punjab) Rao Sardar Ali Khan and Punjab government spokesperson Hasan Kharwar shared a preliminary report of the incident with the media here on Saturday.
“The police have so far arrested 118 suspects involved in the killing of the Sri Lankan national, including 13 prime suspects,” Khan said. He said that an FIR has been registered against over 800 people on terrorism charges.
crowd of over 800 people
Khan said, Friday morning at 10 a.m. a crowd of over 800 people had gathered at the factory, who were told that Kumara had committed blasphemy by tearing down a sticker/poster (written an Islamic verse). The attackers searched for him and found him on the terrace. The mob dragged him, thrashed him badly and by 11.28 am he was already dead. After this a violent mob set his body on fire.
Imran met Gotabaya
At the same time, Pak PM Imran Khan tweeted that he held talks with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in UAE. He expressed the ‘angry and shame of the country’ over the Sialkot incident. Imran told Gotabaya that more than 100 people have been arrested and assured that the culprits would be punished under the stringent law.