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Sialkot Sri Lankan national lynching: Two key suspects 'confess' their involvement Sialkot Lynching
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Sialkot Sri Lankan national lynching: Two key suspects 'confess' their involvement

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Dec 2021, 04:49 pm

Two key suspects, who were arrested in connection with the killing of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot, have 'confessed' to their involvement in the incident.

During initial interrogation, two suspects, identified as Farhan and Talha, 'admitted' their role in the brutal attack on the foreign national, police told Geo News.

Briefing the media on the progress made so far, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Hasaan Khawar was quoted as saying by Geo News that as many as 118 people, including 13 key suspects, have been arrested for the cold-blooded murder.

Sources privy to the investigation told the news channel the Punjab government has  presented an initial report to the prime minister.

In a chilling case of a vigilante mob justice, a Sri Lankan man was lynched and then set on fire by a marauding crowd at a factory in Pakistan's Sialkot on accusation of blamsphemy, sparking global outrage over the rising incidents of religious fundamentalism in the Islamic nation.

The victim has been identified as Priyantha Kumara, who was tortured to death to by the mob over blasphemy allegations before they burnt his body.

Kumara, a Sri Lankan national and general manager of Rajko Industries in Sialkot in, was accused by the vigilante mob of tearing a poster bearing the name of Prophet Mohammad, reports said.

After torturing him, the mob burnt his body publicly on a road in Sialkot.

As videos and images of the horrific lynching incident surfaced on social media, politicians, diplomats, activists and netizens from Pakistan and abroad expressed shock and drew the government's attention to the rising extremism in the country.