Pakistani police arrest 85 main suspects in Sri Lankan lynching
On Tuesday, the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court ordered the Sialkot District Police Officer to complete the investigation of the suspects and submit the report to the court as soon as possible so that the trial can begin.
Authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Wednesday said they had arrested 85 main suspects after determining their role in the brutal lynching of a Sri Lankan national in the city of Sialkot earlier this month.
In a shocking incident, a mob of 800 men, including supporters of the radical Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), attacked a garment factory in Sialkot on December 3 and lynched its 49-year-old general manager , Priyantha Kumara. Diyawadana – before setting his body on fire for allegations of blasphemy.
“Currently, 85 main suspects whose role has been identified through video footage and an investigation in the brutal lynching of Priyantha Kumara are in pre-trial detention,” a Punjab police official told PTI on Wednesday.
The official said more than 100 other suspects were also included in the investigation but no evidence of their involvement in the case was found, so they were not named in the FIR and some of between them who were detained were released.
“We want to present a strong case against the main suspects in court and the investigation teams are working hard on it,” he said, adding that the police would likely submit the investigation report against the 85 suspects detained in court. anti-terrorism at the end. next month.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti on Tuesday asked Sialkot District Police Officer (DPO) Omar Saeed Malik to complete the investigation of the suspects and submit the report to the court. as soon as possible so that the trial can begin.
DPO Malik gave a detailed briefing to the Chief Justice on the progress made so far in the Sri Lankan citizen lynching case.
The Sialkot District Bar Association has already announced that it will not represent the suspects.
“No lawyer will pursue the case on behalf of the suspects,” the bar said in a statement.
The business community raised $ 100,000 for Kumara’s family. The factory management also decided to send the deceased’s monthly salary to his family.
The federal or provincial government has yet to announce compensation for the victim’s family.