Makeshift memorial honours slain Lankan factory manager in Pakistan

WION Web Team
Islamabad Published: Dec 05, 2021, 11:42 AM(IST)

A candlelight vigil carried out in the memory of Sri Lankan national. Photograph:( Twitter )

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Even as the world is in shock after a mob lynched a Sri Lankan national in a horrific vigilante attack in Sialkot, a makeshift memorial has been erected outside Sialkot Chamber of Commerce in Pakistan to honour the factory manager. The foreign national, who was beaten to death and burnt by the mob, was accused of committing blasphemy

Even as the world is in shock after a mob lynched a Sri Lankan national in a horrific vigilante attack in Sialkot, a makeshift memorial has been erected outside Sialkot Chamber of Commerce in Pakistan to honour the factory manager.   

The foreign national Priyantha Kumara, who was beaten to death and burnt by the mob, was accused of committing blasphemy.  

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Umair Amin, member, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce, said, "Sri Lanka is our friend and we share its pain in this sad incident." A candlelight vigil was also conducted near factory where Kumara used to work.  

The human remains of Kumara will be despatched to Sri Lanka on December 6 through Sri Lankan Airlines at state cost. The human remains will be received by the next-of-kin at the BIA. 

The foreign ministry is coordinating the matter. The Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad has requested an investigation report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan regarding the death of Kumara.

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In the case, over 200 raids have been conducted in less than 24 hours. Around 118 persons have been taken into custody so far. It also includes the 13 main culprits. Mobile data or calls analysis, video footage analysis and forensic analysis is also being done, the FIR said.  

Also Read: Nearly 800 people arrested for killing Sri Lankan man in Pakistan: Reports

The crime was committed on December 3 at Rajco Industries, Sialkot. The case has been registered under sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 147, 149 of PPC and 7-ATA, 11-WW-ATA.  

Nearly 800 people were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Saturday. Farhan Idrees has been detained as the key suspect for killing the Sri Lankan national.  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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