A police station in central part of the city was attacked by an angry mob on Sunday that tried to break into the lockups to kill a blasphemy accused.
The Taimuria Police Station in North Nazimabad became a warzone when it arrested and booked a man under section 295(b) on accusation of desecrating a copy of Holy Quran.
“Some area people had complained about it and we had taken the man into custody,” said a police official.
“Then slowly people started gathering outside and it turned into a crowd. The screaming mob was demanding of us to hand over the accused to them.”
Police claim to have recovered some drugs from his possession as well. As police resisted, the mob turned violent and barged into the police station, breaking furniture and beating at least one policeman.
Backup support was called from different police stations and rangers, which arrived and tried to control the crowd. Police had to use tear gas and baton charge to disperse the crowd.
The situation was still tense till filing of this report.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2012.
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