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Sialkot Incident Sri Lankan factory manager burns corpse over blasphemy allegations

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Sialkot Incident Sri Lankan factory manager burns corpse over blasphemy allegations

SIALKOT: A Sri Lankan man working as a manager in a local factory was beaten to death by a mob in Sialkot on charges of blasphemy, police said on Friday. The body was burnt.

Sialkot District Police Officer Omar Saeed Malik identified the man as Priyantha Kumara.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the “terrible, vigilante attack” on the factory and the burning alive of a Sri Lankan man was a “day of shame for Pakistan”.
“I am overseeing the investigation and if there is any wrongdoing, all those responsible will be punished according to the law. Arrests are ongoing,” he said.

At the end of the day, Punjab police said that 100 people had been arrested, including a key culprit, adding that the IG of Punjab was monitoring the matter.

During the press conference, IG Punjab said that the police first got the report of the incident at 11:26 am and the personnel reached the spot at 11:46 am. “We are investigating the facts and looking at the response of the police. Is there any delay,” he said, adding that the incident was “sensitive and unfortunate”.

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