A mentally unstable man accused of blasphemy was tortured to death by an enraged mob in Mian Channu. According to reports, the victim was dragged by the crowd when he came out of the police station where he was kept.
The mob beat up the man and eventually killed him while the police could do nothing to stop the attackers. Eyewitnesses told media that the victim was not mentally stable.
The victim was accused of trying to burn pages of the Holy Quran inside a local mosque.
According to the police, the mob used sticks to torture him and hurled bricks at him, a video of which went viral on social media. The suspects have been charged with terrorism.
At least 102 people, including 21 prime suspects, have been arrested by police for the lynching of a mentally-ill man accused of blasphemy in a rural village in Khanewal.
Police registered a case against 300 people in the small village in Mian Channu, Khanewal, including 33 prime suspects in total, in relation to the public lynching on Sunday. Police reported that they were conducting raids to arrest the accused, and relying on video footage of the incident for identification purposes.
The deceased was described by his brother as a middle-aged man suffering from mental illness. His brother told Dawn that the man had been living in Karachi until last month, and had been hospitalized at various points throughout his 17 year battle with mental illness.
“Last day he went to buy some cigarettes and did not turn up till evening and they later learned that he was killed on blasphemy charges,” the brother was quoted as saying.