Chehlum procession attackers booked under ATA in Sialkot

SIALKOT: The Sialkot police registered a case under sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) against 30 people for an alleged attack on the main Chehlum procession.

An FIR registered at Hajipura Police Station said that dozens of devotees were going to the Shahabpura Road to participate in the main procession of the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS).

A group of people armed with iron rods and weapons tried to forcibly stop the pilgrims near the Alam Chowk of Shahabpura. The armed men pelted the pilgrims with stones and opened fire on them.

Video clips, shared on social media, showed a group of men, holding clubs and weapons, waiting for the procession to arrive. As the procession got near, they opened fire, raised slogans and attacked its participants with clubs.

As a result, 13 people were injured due to pelting stones.

District Police Officer Sialkot, Faisal Kamran reached the spot along with a heavy contingent of police and the attackers fled from the spot.