LAHORE: Punjab police have apprehended six additional main suspects in the lynching of a mentally ill man in Mian Channu, Khanewal, on charges of desecrating the Holy Quran. According to a police statement, at least 21 prime suspects have been apprehended so far following an investigation and identification. In total, 102 people have been arrested in this case.
Sadabahar, Matloob, Rafaqat, Ansar Hussain s/o Muhammad Nawaz, Ansar Hussain s/o Sadiq, and Muhammad Shafiq are the six suspects detained today on terrorist allegations.
A spokesperson for the police said the accused provoked the mob and tortured the deceased with sticks and bricks. “Police are using available footage and evidence to identify more suspects,” the statement added.
According to the spokesperson, police teams had conducted secret raids throughout the night to detain the accused.
A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed the culprits involved in the lynching would be “dealt with [the] full severity of the law” along with police officials who had “failed in their duty”.
The tweet by the premier came a day after a mob brutally lynched the mentally challenged man in Mian Channu city of Khanewal district. His body was later hung from a tree whereas the police allegedly played the role of silent spectators.
In an initial report submitted to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Sunday, Punjab IG Rao Sardar said a terrorism case was registered against 300 unknown suspects, whereas 33 people were nominated in the case as well.