Violent mob also wanted to kill owner and set factory ablaze, probe reveals

Police report says attackers were planning to set factory on fire but police foiled the attempt


News Desk December 05, 2021
A mob hits an overturned car with sticks after an attack on a factory in Sialkot, Pakistan December 3, 2021, in this screen grab taken from a video. PHOTO: REUTERS

The police investigation into the grisly lynching of Sri Lankan national in Sialkot has revealed that the violent mob had also planned to set factory on fire and attempted to murder its owner.

On Friday, the workers of private factories brutally lynched the Sri Lankan national, Priyantha Kumara and later set his body ablaze on Sialkot’s Wazirabad Road over blasphemy allegations.

Express News quoting police reported on Sunday that the violent mob had several bottles of petrol and they were planning to set factory on fire after torturing the foreign national to death.

The mob also attempted to kill the factory owner who was being tortured when police reached the factory and was rescued from the clutches of the attackers.

Also read: 120 rounded up over Sialkot lynching

The mob after killing Kumar damaged his car too and also threatened to throw petrol bombs at police personnel but a heavy contingent foiled their plan.

Earlier today, Punjab police said that they had arrested six more accused for their primary role in the lynching of the Sri Lankan national a day after detaining 120 suspects.

In a tweet, the provincial police said that they used CCTV footage and mobile call data to identify these suspects over the past 12 hours. These suspects were hiding in their relatives' homes, they added.

The police said as per the initial investigations, out of 124 suspects, 19 accused played a primary role in the murder.

The police had booked at least 800 people under Anti-Terrorism Act (AT) for their involvement in the lynching.

COMMENTS (3)

Zak | 1 month ago | Reply

Atleast first 30 should be hanged and the other 100 sent to jail for life.

Ahmed A | 1 month ago | Reply

Prime culprits should be first shamed and than hanged till death. All the co-accused or collaborators should be shamed and handed rigorous life imprisonment and all the by-standars who did nothing and just took videos should also be handed jail terms. Unless we shame and punish these people more of the same will continue.

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