Blasphemy row: Hindu youths, one killed other injured and community in dire straits
Ghotki: Hindu community remains apprehensive as communal tensions escalated in
Sindh’s Ghotki district, after a man Amar Lal who had reportedly converted to
Islam about four years ago was arrested for allegedly desecrating the Holy
Quran on Tuesday, July 26.
in the district soon after the allegations were brought against Amar Lal, who
is a drug addict and mentally unstable started living in a mosque after his
conversion. A mob ran riot and shot two Hindu men in Mirpur Mathelo. One of the
two men shot was 17-year-old Dewan Kumar, who succumbed to his injuries while
the other victim Avinash is in a critical condition. , both traders,
at a stall in Mirpur Mathelo, in the main town of Ghotki, when they were
attacked by a mob, protesting against the alleged desecration of the Quran by a
Hindu man a day earlier.
Blasphemy allegations had sparked communal tensions and violence in
Ghotki district- Daharki, Mirpur Mathelo, Ubauro and Khan Pur Mehar remained
closed today also. Leaders of religious parties includingJamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and
Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat(ASWJ)havedemanded for “severe punishment for the blasphemer,” which sparked riots.
Protesters blocked, National Highway and staged a sit-in for five hours.
Sindh was also
in news recently when Hindus in the region had raised objections overthesale of shoes with 'Om'
inscriptions on them. Hindus had staged massive protests in the region over
reports of sale of such footwear.