Sikh businessman kidnapped two months ago found dead

Published: January 9, 2013
Pallbearers’ carry Mahinder Singh’s coffin, who was the father of six. He was kidnapped two months ago.

Pallbearers’ carry Mahinder Singh’s coffin, who was the father of six. He was kidnapped two months ago. PHOTO IQBAL MAMOUND/EXPRESS

JAMRUD / PESHAWAR: The mutilated body of a Sikh businessman was found in a gunny bag in Choura Village of Jamrud tehsil, Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

A tribesman of the village Hazrat Wali Afridi found the body of Mahinder Singh near a field early morning, said political administration official Asmatullah Wazir. He added Afridi informed the political administration, who shifted the body to Civil Hospital, Jamrud.

A father of six, Mahinder was a resident of Tabi Village in Landikotal tehsil. He was kidnapped two months earlier by unidentified militants from his shop where he used to sell herbal medicines, said Wazir.

He said a note was also found inside the gunny bag warning others of a similar fate if they are found spying for the  banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam headed by Mangal Bagh.

The body was later handed over to the relatives of the deceased. “The body of Mahinder Singh has been brought to Attock where it would be cremated as per our religious rituals,” Mahinder’s cousin Popandar Singh said.

He said this was the second such incident in which a Sikh was kidnapped and then brutally murdered.

Leader of the community Baba Amarjeet Singh said they requested the political administration to ensure Mahinder’s release several times, but no action was taken.

Earlier, Mahinder’s brother Baswant Singh was also kidnapped, but later released after militants chopped off his hair. In February 2010, the beheaded body of Chopal Singh was found in Tirah Valley.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Modi
    Jan 9, 2013 - 10:40AM

    Like many other sectarian attacks, this is just another act of RAW to defame Pakistan.


  • Tribune Liberal
    Jan 9, 2013 - 11:05AM

    Sikhs, Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Sindh nationalists, Baloch nationalists are all in the same boat.

    The boat is sinking but no one is prepared to help them. Not even international community

    Thanks to Tribune for sharing this. I don’t think mainstream media will even talk about it.


  • Saleem
    Jan 9, 2013 - 12:37PM

    Really. Then the people of the land of the pure and their intelligence agencies must be the most incompetent and most stupid in the world for such things to happen regularly!


  • Ganesh K
    Jan 9, 2013 - 2:32PM

    Wage war against Pakistan ,that’s only the soulution.We are just acting .this is the time to React.


  • Troll Terminator
    Jan 9, 2013 - 3:57PM

    @Ganesh K:
    waiting for it :)


  • ss
    Jan 9, 2013 - 4:00PM

    father of four shahzebs, who’ll speak for him?


  • Modi
    Jan 9, 2013 - 6:06PM

    @Saleem: When such cases can happen in USA on a much bigger level:

    And you talk of our agencies being incompetent.. ha! This shows your incompetency!!


  • zeejay
    Jan 10, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Time to put on the tin foil hat.
    Common sense dictates nobody wants a destabilized country as their neighbor. Why you may ask? Because the mess spills over and takes a stabilized country down with it. While Pakistani politicians are deciding how much Islam can be shove down peoples throat our neighbors India and China planning for Space missions to moon. Sad state of affairs we are in.

    Question to ponder over. Once Pakistan has purged the minorities, who else will they feed on next??


  • Jan 10, 2013 - 12:11PM

    @Modi why would India want to destabilize Pakistan? It is in the best interest of India to have a stable and economically strong neighbor so that both India and Pakistan can grow together. Pointing finger at India prevents you from looking for solutions to problems in Pakistan.


  • Sharma
    Jan 10, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @ModiYes Modi is very right India killed these two Sikhs. Sikh PM Manmohan ordered Indian Army chief (that also Sikh) to execute this plan.
    Shame on India


  • Jack
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:29AM

    Pakistan must prove their Innocense by Punishing the Culprits and protecting Minorities….
    Entire World is watching.


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