Manager Hanged and Burned Alive in Pakistan, PM Imran Khan Strongly Condemns

Police personnel stand guard at the site of a manager’s burning outside a garment factory in Sialkot, Punjab province in eastern Pakistan, Friday (12/3/2021). A Sri Lankan manager was hanged and burned alive by his workers, allegedly on charges of blasphemy. (Source: AP Photo/Shahid Akram)

SIALKOT, KOMPAS.TV A Sri Lankan manager was tortured and burned alive during a riot among workers at a garment factory in Sialkot in eastern Pakistan, Friday (12/3/2021).

“The factory workers tortured the manager,” said a spokesman for the local provincial government, Hassan Khawar Khaleej Times. “So far, a total of 50 people have been identified and arrested.”

Associated Press reported, according to police, preliminary information indicated that the manager identified as Priyantha Kumara was hanged inside the factory.

Video circulating on social media showed the mob then dragging his body outside and burning him alive, surrounded by hundreds of people cheering in support of the heinous act.

Kumara’s body was then sent to the hospital for an autopsy.

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Investigators believe the attackers have charged the poor manager with blasphemy. In some cases, the crime of blasphemy can carry the death penalty.

Armahan Gondal, a police chief in Sialkot, said factory workers had accused the victim of desecrating a poster bearing the name of the Prophet Muhammad.

Hours after the incident occurred, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted immediately. He strongly condemned the horrific vigilante act. Imran Khan also called the attack a shameful day for Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted strongly by condemning the arson of a Sri Lankan manager by workers at a garment factory in Sialkot, Pakistan, Friday (12/3/2021). Imran Khan called the vigilante action a shameful day for Pakistan. (Source: Twitter)

“This act of burning alive a Sri Lankan manager is a shameful day for Pakistan,” tweeted Imran Khan.



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