Role of seven key accused determined in Sialkot lynching case

GUJRANWALA: The role of seven key accused in the lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot has been determined in a police investigation on Thursday.

“Two accused Imran and Humair attacked Priyantha Kumara with scissors and both scissors used in attack have been recovered,” police said.

“Accused Hafiz Taimoor hit the victim with brick and another accused Ali Asghar set the dead body on fire,” police said. “The lighter that was used to set the body aflame has also been recovered,” police said.

According to police, two accused Shaharyar and Bilal shattered the outer gate and called the mob, while Abdul Saboor Butt incited factory workers to attack the victim.

All seven accused have confessed their crime during the investigation and recorded their confessional statements under section 164, police said.

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These seven accused have been transferred to jail after completion of investigation, police said.

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.

Scores have since been arrested and are facing investigation. The Punjab government and the prosecution team in December decided to conduct the jail trial of the high-profile case due to security concerns.

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