Sialkot Tragedy: Police granted transit remand of 13 suspects
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Of total 124 people held in connection with the Sri Lankan citizen's lynching case, a court in Sialkot on Sunday granted to the police one-day transit remand of 13 main suspects, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The suspects will be produced in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala tomorrow (Monday).
Farhan Idrees, Sabur Butt, Talha Abdur Rehman, Imran, Taimur, Shoaib, Raheel, Usman, Shahzeb Ahmad, Nasir, Ihtesham and Junaid face charges of murdering, inciting others to murder as well as burning the corpse of Priyantha Diyawadana Kumara, a Sri Lankan man, who was serving at sports’ goods manufacturing factory in Sialkot as a manager, a day before yesterday (Friday, December 3).
Earlier, all 13 men were produced in the court of Civil Judge Zareef Ahmad in tight security.
24News learnt that seven sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) were also inserted in the case registered against the suspects.
Hundreds of people at a Sialkot factory, almost all workers, had pounced up their manager Kumara, alleging that he had committed ‘blasphemy’.
The government reps told the media that the culprits will be punished for the ‘barbarism’ as the incident had violated the Islamic laws and teachings.
The Punjab IG said they were probing the facts and also looking at the police response, whether there was any sort of delay," he said, adding that the incident was "sensitive and unfortunate". The Punjab government spokesperson said that officials were working on obtaining CCTV footage so that the culprits could be identified.
Several gruesome video clips shared on social media showed a mob beating the prone victim while chanting slogans against blasphemy.
Other clips showed his body set ablaze, as well as the overturned wreckage of what was said to be his car. Many in the mob made no attempt to hide their identity and some took selfies in front of the burning corpse. Reporter: Mian Ishfaq