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Sargodha: Dozens arrested after mob attacks Christian family over alleged blasphemy

Alleged desecration of Holy Quran sparks violence in the Mujahid Colony area of Sargodha.

At least 25 people have been arrested in Sargodha after a charged mob attacked a Christian family over alleged blasphemy charges on Saturday.

As reported, the situation turned violent in Punjab’s Sargodha district on Saturday after an angry mob tortured a person belonging to the Christian community over an alleged desecration incident.

The incident occurred in the Mujahid Colony area of Sargodha.

The mob attacked multiple houses, broke windows, and set the household belongings on fire.

However, the local police rescued the accused and his family as a heavy contingent of police surrounded the area and shifted them to an undisclosed location.

According to the police, the alleged desecration was committed by unknown people and burnt pages of religious books were found that sparked violent protests.

Meanwhile, members of the peace committee also arrived in the area and urged people to stay calm.

The situation had been brought under control and no one would be allowed to take the law into their hands, the police maintained.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sharik Kamal Siddiqui said after completing the investigation into the blasphemy incident, legal action would be initiated against those found guilty of committing blasphemy.

In a statement, Sargodha Division Commissioner Muhammad Ajmal Bhatti said that those involved in the incident would be brought to justice after holding a transparent inquiry into the incident.

However, he also confirmed that no loss of lives occurred in the incident and urged the citizens not to heed “rumours” circulating on social media regarding the incident.

“Only one person sustained injuries in the incident,” the commissioner said, adding that he was in stable condition and would be discharged soon.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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