Nankana Sahib DSP, SHO suspended after violent mob lynches man over blasphemy allegations

A mob forces its way into a police station in Nankana Sahib on Saturday.–screengrab from social media video

Punjab Inspector General of Police Dr Usman Anwar on Saturday suspended two senior cops for failing to prevent the mob lynching of a man over blasphemy allegations in Nankana Sahib, a Punjab Police statement said.

The IG took notice of the killing of a person accused of “desecrating the Quran”, as videos circulating on social media purportedly showed a violent mob outside a police station in Nankana Sahib.

In one video, the mob can be seen scaling the large gates of what appeared to be the Warburton Police Station, and opening it, after which the rowdy crowd outside storms the building.

The IG further directed the Internal Accountability Branch Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Syed Muhammad Amin Bukhari and Special Branch DIG Raja Faisal to reach the incident location and submit an inquiry report.

“No one is allowed to take the law into their hands no matter how influential they are,” the Punjab IG was quoted as saying.

“Strict departmental and legal action will be taken against those responsible for the incident, as well as the perpetrators of negligence and incompetence,” the IG asserted.

A first information report about the incident has not been registered as of yet.

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