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Dec-23-2012 04:04printcomments

Pakistan: Second Incident of 'Quran Desecration' in 2012
Muslim Mob Reportedly Kills Suspect then Burns Body

Police did not identify the person who died. It is estimated that the man was forty-two years old

Dadu Mosque
Dadu Mosque

(KARACHI) - Police in Dadu (ضِلع دادُو‎), in Pakistan's Sindh province, say a man who allegedly desecrated the Qur'an, was the victim of a mob murder. The killers reportedly sprayed gasoline on the man's already dead body and lit the remains on fire.

Usman Ghani with Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) in Dadu, told The BBC that the incident occurred in the village, district Dadu, in the area of Sita. Ghani said he was told of the killing and lighting of the man's body at the mosque, Thursday night. At least one person accused in the murder was handed over the police.

It was at dawn that morning, as the sunlight rose, that news spread throughout the region of the alleged Qur'an desecration. A large crowd attacked the police station and snatched police weapons and took away the accused from police lockup. Theo SSP accused the mob of dragging the suspect a kilometer to a square, where a dead body was set on fire by petrol splashed.

Police did not identify the person who died. It is estimated that the man was forty-two years old and he was talking in Seraiki. Police suspect that the accused was not mentally stable.

The helplessness of the local police led to a heavy deployment of additional police to Dadu.

Thirty people have been arrested, according to SSP, which has also identified some suspects.

The Sita Village police station SHO was suspended, along with six police officers. A case of negligence has been registered against them and they have been taken into police custody.

Police registered First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified accused under blasphemy law on the complaint of Imam Masjid and the other FIR also has been registered against the five hundred-strong Muslim mob that attacked tne police station and murdered the victim.


Edited for by Tim King

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