Sialkot tragedy: Another accused convicted in the murder case

Another accused has been convicted in the Sialkot murder case of Sri Lankan citizen, Priyantha Kumara, who was based in Pakistan as a manager for a sports garments factory.

The accused named Adnan confessed to the crime in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala. The court sentences Adnan to one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs.10,000. The culprit reportedly uploaded a video of the incident on YouTube following which a case was registered against him at the Rangpura police station.

According to earlier reports, the police named eighty-five accused in the initial challan of the Sialkot lynching tragedy however, roughly 10 to 12 names were added as the main accused which included several staff members of the factory.

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On December 3 last year, Priyantha Kumra, a non-Muslim Sri Lankan manager at a sports garments factory in Sialkot was attacked by a mob for allegedly removing a religious poster. According to initial reports, the factory guards had failed to prevent the bloody incident.

When Priyantha Kumara was attacked by factory workers, the production manager escaped to the rooftop and locked the door. Nearly 20 to 25 enraged people broke down the door and attacked Kumara. On this occasion, the production manager requested that if Priyantha Kumara has done something wrong, he should be handed over to the police. However, the mob refused to listen and beat up the production manager.

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The factory workers brought the manager down, beating him to death. After this, they dragged the body out of the factory to the public square where they continued to hit Kumara’s body with sticks, kick, and then set the corpse on fire.

Priyantha Kumara’s brother Kamala Sri Natasha Kumara said he was satisfied with the investigation. He likes Pakistan and still has good ideas about Pakistan. The government should take steps to prevent such an incident from happening again.

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