A Hindu community veterinary doctor belonging to Mirpurkhas has been detained for allegedly desecrating holy text.
A man, identified as Ishaq, alleged in a complaint that Ramesh Lal committed blasphemy by desecrating a book containing verses from the Holy Quran.
The alleged desecration sparked off a violent protest in the town followed by a shutter down strike.
Protesters set ablaze a clinic, a medical store, and two shops of the Hindu community. They also blocked roads by burning tyres. A few protesters also looted some shops.
The protesters demanded that the police arrest the alleged blasphemer immediately. With the situation going out of control, local authorities called in the Rangers to deal with the mob.
“I don’t know why we as the Hindu community are being punished for a crime which might not have even happened,” Mohan Lal, a member of the hindu community said.
“It’s an unfortunate incident. We have taken the doctor into custody and are investigating incident,” SSP Mirpurkhas Javed Baloch told The Express Tribune.
police have registered a case under Section 295-A against the doctor and police have set up a picket in the town center to deal with any incident.
“The situation has now normal,” he said, adding that the police would take action against those who have ransacked properties of the Hindu community. “We have detained some suspects on charges of damaging properties,” he added.
The Mirpurkhas deputy commissioner has promised that the government would compensate those whose properties were damaged during the violence.