Body of Sri Lankan lynching victim arrives from Pakistan

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Sri Lankan authorities found the charred body of a factory manager who was beaten to death by a mob for alleged blasphemy last week.

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The charred body of a factory manager who was lynched by a mob on charges of alleged blasphemy in Pakistan has been brought back to Sri Lanka.


Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara was attacked by a mob of hundreds before being dragged into the streets and set on fire last Friday in Sialkot, Pakistan, where she helped run a sports equipment factory.

The factory workers accused him of desecrating the posters bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad of Islam.

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Sri Lankan government officials received Kumara’s remains in a wooden box decorated with garlands of flowers before preparing to hand over the coffin to her family for her last rites on Wednesday.

Hours before the relics arrived, dozens of activists and religious groups gathered in front of Pakistan’s mission in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo to demand justice for them.

He said, ‘Pakistan will leave no stone unturned to nab the people involved in this. He will be punished very harshly,” Pakistan’s acting ambassador to Sri Lanka Tanveer Ahmed told Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders who met him at the Pakistani mission.

Ahmed said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to assure him that Pakistani authorities were investigating the lynchings.

Khan said in a phone call with Rajapaksa that Pakistani police had arrested more than 100 people in connection with the murder.

In Pakistan, mere allegations of blasphemy can trigger mob attacks. The country’s blasphemy law provides for a possible death penalty.

Accusations of blasphemy have led to nonjudicial killings or mob lynchings, with at least 80 people killed in such attacks since 1990, according to an Al Jazeera tally.


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