The authorities in Pakistan have arrested over 100 people after a mob of hundreds lynched a Sri Lankan man and publicly burned his body. (Photo – AFP)
The incident occurred on Friday in Sialkot city of Punjab province after the factory workers accused the victim, Priyantha Kumara Diyawadanage, of desecrating posters bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad.
Diyawadanage, the manager of Rajco Industries, had reportedly asked the employees to remove all stickers from factory machines ahead of a visit by a foreign delegation.
A large number of locals joined the company employees after a protest was staged, dragging the victim out on the and torturing him with kicks, stones and iron rods.
The mob set the body of the victim on fire after killing him on the spot, the Dawn News reported.
The local officials have said the security personnel have so far arrested 118 people in connection with the incident, including 13 primary suspects.
The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he spoke with the President of Sri Lanka to convey Pakistan’s anger and shame to people of Pakistan.
“Spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today in UAE to convey our nation’s anger & shame to people of Sri Lanka at vigilante killing of Priyantha Diyawadana in Sialkot. I informed him 100+ ppl arrested & assured him they would be prosecuted with full severity of the law,” Khan said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapaksa had earlier said he was shocked to see the brutal and fatal attack on Priyantha Diyawadana by extremist mobs in Pakistan, expressing hopes that the Pakistani PM would keep to his commitment to bring all those involved to justice.