Blasphemy allegations: Mob torches factory in Jhelum

Mob attacked the factory after accusing one person who worked there of committing blasphemy, sources say


Rana Tanveer November 20, 2015

LAHORE:

An angry mob set ablaze a factory owned by members of the Ahmadiyya community in Jhelum on Friday.

According to sources, the mob attacked the factory after accusing one person who worked there of committing blasphemy.

Heavy contingents of Police including the DPO reached the scene, firing rubber bullets to disperse the enraged mob.

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Many workers fled the factory complex, which contains a residential area, with their families, sources said. But some workers were reportedly still inside the factory when it was set on fire.

The mob, meanwhile, continued to block GT Road in protest. Police were unable to disperse the protesters despite using tear gas and Rangers had to be called in for support.

Jehlum Rangers have also been called in for further support. One person has been taken into custody. Conveyed to CCR.

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The police did, however, arrest three members of the community.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson said three Ahmadis were arrested without reason. The spokesman added that he wasn’t sure as to whether those trapped inside the factory had been rescued.

Jhelum DPO Mujahid Akbar Khan was unavailable for comment despite several attempts to reach him.

COMMENTS (51)

Aysha Khan | 5 years ago | Reply What is wrong with this country? Instead of debating about this inhuman act of vigilantism, social media is full with tons of people who support killing of human beings, as long they are so called "wajib ul qatl". I really do not understand this. No wonder this country is not getting anywhere. Corruption, illiterateness and all the bad things happening there on a daily basis like violence and discrimination agains women, transgender people, religious minorities. I hear one good news from Pakistan, followed by thousands of bad news. It's just really really sad.
iDeffy | 5 years ago | Reply @Hashim: No mothers' Son can be a killer, murderer, suicide bomber or rapist either!
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