LHC directs to
complete challan of
accused in Sialkot case

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti directed Sialkot District Police Officer Omar Saeed Malik to complete challan of the accused involved in the lynching of Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara and submit it to the court as soon as possible.

A file picture of Priyantha Kumara with wife and son

He gave the direction during a visit to the District Judicial Complex in Narowal  on Tuesday. The CJ was accompanied by Justice Shujaat Ali Khan, Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi, Justice Masood Abid Naqvi, Justice Anwarul Haq Pinnu and LHC Registrar Irfan Ahmed Saeed.

DPO Malik gave a detailed briefing to the chief justice on the progress made so far in the lynching case of the Sri Lankan citizen.

The CJ also addressed the judicial officers in the committee room of the District and Sessions Court. He laid the foundation stone of the expansion plan of the Judicial Complex in Sialkot. An amount of Rs100m would be spent on construction of eight additional civil and family courts on 18 kanals land. DC Farooq and Exen Building Zahiruddin Babar briefed the CJ on the project.

Later, the chief justice laid the foundation stone of Judicial Complex to be constructed on 127 kanal land in the Pasrur tehsil at the cost of Rs350m. District and Sessions Judge Jazila Aslam presented a souvenir to the LHC CJ.

18 suspects remanded in police custody

A court on Tuesday remanded 18 more suspects arrested in the Sialkot lynching case in police custody for investigation. Police produced the suspects before a judicial magistrate as the anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge hearing the case was on leave.

Widow of Priyantha Kumara sitting with her sons holding picture of her lynched husband

The magistrate handed over the suspects to the investigation officer and directed him to present them along with other suspects before the ATC on Jan 3. A total of 85 suspects arrested in the case will be presented in the ATC on Jan 3.

Priyantha Kumara, a 49-year-old Sri Lankan national, was lynched by a mob of workers at a factory on December 3, where he was working as manager. A first information report (FIR) was registered against hundreds of unidentified men, including workers of the factory.

Resolution in Senate

A resolution against the killing of Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara has been approved in the Upper House of the Parliament, (Senate) on Friday. The resolution mentioned that our religion has no link with such kind of brutal acts and demanded to take action against those involved in the incident.

Condolences were also extended to the bereaved family of Priyantha Kumara and the people of Sri Lanka in the resolution.

Members of human rights organisations protesting against the lynching of Sri Lankan manager Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot.

Earlier, the concerned authorities had forwarded an initial report on the incident to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Usman Buzdar.

The incident was reported to the police at 11:26 am. A sticker regarding religion was placed on a machine in factory which, the manager directed to remove in the wake of foreignersvisit, the report stated.

Allegedly, the workers didnt act on the order due to which, the manager came forward and remove it by himself. The factory owners and administration fled the scene after lynching the Sri Lankan manager, the report mentioned.

A mob in Sialkot tortured a Sri Lankan national to death and then burnt his body. The incident occurred on Sialkots Wazirabad Road, where workers of private factories attacked the export manager of a factory and burnt his body over alleged blasphemy.