One hundred and eight suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the violent protests that followed twin suicide blasts outside two churches in the Youhanabad neighbourhood of Lahore on March 15, police disclosed on Wednesday.
According to an investigation wing official, 34 other ‘miscreants’ had also been identified for their involvement in the lynching of Hafiz Muhammad Naeem and Nauman Babar.
“Eight of the 34 identified suspects, including brothers Sohail and Yousaf Johnson, have been arrested by Gujranwala and Sialkot police officials.” The official claimed that the brothers were “habitual miscreants”. Majority of the 108 miscreants are residents of Youhanabad, he added.
“Data compiled by the police with the help of NADRA is 80 per cent complete and we have the pictures and identity cards of the miscreants.” Another official said two MPAs representing the minorities in the legislative assembly also helped the police identify the miscreants and detain them.
He said sketches of the two suicide bombers had also been prepared. “Police are still carrying out raids and more arrests are expected.” The bomb blasts left over 17 dead and 75 injured. Up to 4,000 protesters took to the streets of Lahore in anger over the explosions.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2015.