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Police arrest 40 people involved in Swat lynching incident

Police are using videos to make the arrests
A still from social media videos show mob gathered outside the police station which was torched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swat on June 20, 2024. Screengrab via social media
A still from social media videos show mob gathered outside the police station which was torched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swat on June 20, 2024. Screengrab via social media

Authorities have decided to launch a large-scale operation to apprehend those involved in the Swat lynching incident, with 40 people already being arrested.

According to sources, police is using videos of the incident to make the arrests.

Police has already arrested four people on on Saturday from Swat, including two brothers. More arrests are expected soon.

A mob had lynched a man and set him on fire after he was suspected of desecrating the Holy Quran in a Swat hospital. The mob had also set fire to a police station.

A case regarding the incident has already been filed incuding terrorism clauses.

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The incident left five police personnel and 11 local people injured.

How did the incident take place?

The tourist had found small pieces of probably Quran pages allegedly desecrated on the veranda, opposite his room’s door, the report said.

The man, who was identified as S*, a resident of Sialkot city, had informed the hotel management about it. The management informed the police and also started to force open the room’s door.

He opened the door. When asked, he “denied” desecrating the Quran. Police arrived and took him away to the station where they were “marooned.” He was detained for at least 30 to 40 minutes.

The report claimed that Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan-inspired goons gathered and took over the police station. They were “in contact with the TLP leadership and many were seen speaking on the phone in Urdu to unknown handlers.”

The blasphemy accused reiterated that he did not desecrate the holy book.

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