Six more arrested as Lankan manager’s wife pleads for justice
Police say 124 so far arrested over lynching case: Body of Priyantha Diyawadana Kumara shifted to Lahore
File photos of Priyantha Kumara and his wife.
Police have sped up its crackdown on the people who were involved in the lynching of Priyantha Diyawadana Kumara, a Sri Lankan citizen serving at a sports factory in Sialkot as a manager, as it took six more persons, whom it identified with the help of footages obtained from CCTV cameras, into custody in overnight raids, while at the same time another video of Malik Adnan, Kumara’s Pakistani colleague, has surfaced in which he is imploring to the violent mob to spare the Sri Lankan citizen, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.
In the new video, Malik Adnan could be seen lying on the Sri Lankan manager’s body in order to protect him and imploring the frenzied youth not to attack him since he was a non-Muslim and had no idea what was written on the sticker. “I give you a guarantee that not only we will sack Kumara but will also get an FIR registered against him,” he could be heard saying to the frenzied youth in the video.
But despite all that, people kept shouting slogans and beating him up brutally.
With six more arrests made last night (Saturday), the number of people taken into custody in connection with the incident so far now stands at 124, including 19 main suspects.
Police have also arrested the man who took a selfie with Kumara’s body besides those who brought stones with them as well as those who made the video of the horrific incident.
The suspects had reportedly fled to their relatives and friends’ homes out of fear.
In yet another development, it has emerged that the factory workers who had beaten the Sri Lankan citizen to death had been served ‘show-cause notices’ by him over ‘indiscipline’ and ‘negligence’.
This had made the workers harbor grudge against him. And now they were probably looking for an excuse to teach him a lesson.
Another startling disclosure is that as soon as the mob started thrashing Kumara, the factory owners disappeared.
Priyantha Diyawadana Kumara’s body was shifted from Sialkot to Lahore on Saturday night for its onward journey to Colombo.
According to the postmortem report, injuries to the Sri Lankan citizen’s brain as well as face had caused his death.
His bones were fractured while 99 per cent of his body had been completely burnt.
The grieving wife of Priyantha Kumara has pleaded for justice for her slain husband from both Pakistani and Sri Lankan leaders. Talking to BBC, she said “I got to know about the brutal murder of my husband from the news, later I saw this on the internet as well. He was a very innocent man.”
“I request leaders of Sri Lanka and Pakistan to do justice for my husband and two children, by bringing the perpetrators to justice” she went on to say.
Meanwhile, Ministers Namal Rajapaksa and Prasanna Ranatunga today visited the residence of Priyantha Kumara in Ganemulla.
A graduate from the University of Peradeniya, Priyantha Kumara was a father of 2. He had left for Pakistan for employment in 2010 and has been working as the manager of the said Sialkot factory since 2012.
Reporter Mian Muhammad Ishfaq