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Ghotki: Riots breakout over blasphemy allegation

GHOTKI: The situation in the city deteriorated when a Hindu school principal was accused of committing blasphemy by one of the student’s father. 

The situation in the city deteriorated after police filed an F.I.R against a school principal for allegedly committing blasphemy. The F.I.R was lodged under Article 295(c).

The residents demanded police to arrest the suspect. Meanwhile, the people started to damage school property and vandalized the temple. Several videos of stick-wielding protesters were shared on social media. 

The city police chief, Farrukh Lanjar, while talking to the reporters have said that the Law Enforcement Agency is trying to control the law and order situation in the area.  

Advocate Veerji Kolhi, the special assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Human Rights, told a news agency: “The situation is being handled properly to avoid further damage or riots.”

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is also the head of the Pakistan Hindu Council, told Dawn that the case has been handed over to Hyderabad Deputy Inspector General Naeem Shaikh who will hold a further investigation. He added that the principal was at an undisclosed location for safety reasons and will be handed over to Shaikh.

“I have talked to Sindh Inspector General of Police Kaleem Imam who has assured me to fully protect the accused, therefore, I am going to hand [the principal] over to police either in Karachi or in Hyderabad today,” he said.

Meanwhile, AIG Jameel Ahmed assured the citizens through his twitter handle, that Police is trying to control the law and order situation in the city. He requested people to stay on the right side of the law.


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