Thursday, 28 July 2016

Blasphemy row: Hindu youths, one killed other injured and community in dire straits

GhotkiHindu 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.
Tensions rose 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, were sipping tea 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 including Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) have demanded 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 over the sale of shoes with 'Om' inscriptions on them. Hindus had staged massive protests in the region over reports of sale of such footwear.

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