LAHORE Dec 06,2021 – Seven more people have been arrested the number of accused arrested in Sialkot lynching case has risen to 131 in connection with the tragic murder of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot last week. The 26 main accused in the murder case are produced in ATC on Monday.
The body of Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara, who was killed by a mob in Sialkot, has been flown to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
According to Punjab police, Sikandar, who was gathering people on the roof for torturing Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan national who was killed by lynching at the hands of a mob in Sialkot, has been arrested.
The police said that the accused Rashid, accused Ahmed Shehzad armed with sticks, accused Zohaib, accused Muhammad Irshad, Subhan and Umair Ali were also arrested.
So far, the main character of 26 accused has come to light. Police have taken the accused into custody and started investigation.
According to the Punjab Police spokesperson, the seven accused have been arrested with the help of CCTV video, mobile calls data.
26 main accused produced in ATC
The 26 main accused in the murder case of Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot lynching have been produced in the special anti-terrorism court in Gujranwala.
Sialkot police arrested 26 main accused in Gujranwala anti-terrorism court and handed them over under tight security. The accused were formally arrested by the police on December 4 in the case.
Prior to the appearance of the accused, CPO Syed Hamad Abid first visited the ATC court and reviewed the security arrangements.
Sialkot lynching incident
The Sri Lankan manager of a factory was lynched to death and his body was burnt by hundreds of people in Sialkot yesterday on charges of blasphemy.
Furious workers of a garment factory in Sialkot on Friday tortured their Sri Lankan general manager to death over allegations of blasphemy and set the body on fire.
Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan Christian, had been working at Rajco Industries for 10 years.
The employees of Rajco Industries, located on Wazirabad Road, staged a protest on the premises alleging that Sri Lankan general manager Kumara, had committed blasphemy. On receiving information about the protest, three personnel of the Uggoki police reached the spot, but the mob clearly outnumbered them, making them silent spectators.
Due to protest traffic on Wazirabad Road suspended and were joined by all the factory workers and a large number of locals. On seeing the mob gradually swell from a few dozen to hundreds, Mr Kumara dashed to the roof. Shouting slogans, the charged protesters chased him, dragged him out on the road and tortured him with kicks, stones and iron rods, killing him on the spot. The mob then set the body on fire.
Witnesses Mohammad Iftikhar and Mohammad Ilyas said had the DPO responded to the sensitive matter on time, the killing could have been avoided. They held police’s incompetence responsible for the gruesome incident.
In 2010 two brothers were lynched by angry protesters owing to police’s incompetence and failure to respond on time.
A first information report of the incident was registered at the Uggoki police station for aggravated murder and burning of the body against dozens of unidentified people under terrorism and murder provisions. Police collected videos of the torture from social media.
Police claimed to have arrested over 145 suspects and transferred them to an unidentified location.