PAK police swung into action after SC’s rebuke, 20 arrested in temple vandalism case, 150 booked, Attack on Hindu temple in Pakistan: 20 people arrested, over 150 booked
PAK police swung into action after court’s rebuke, arrested 20 in temple vandalism case, registered a case against 150  |  Photo Credits: BCCL
Lahore : Police in Pakistan’s Punjab province have said they have arrested 20 people and booked more than 150 people in connection with the attack on a Hindu temple in the country’s remote city. The police action came at a time when the country’s Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the authorities for their failure to prevent such attacks and ordered the arrest of the culprits. The court said that such incidents damage the image of the country in the world.
Hundreds of people carrying sticks, stones and bricks attacked a temple, burnt parts of it and vandalized idols in Bhong area of Rahimyar Khan district of Punjab province. They attacked the temple to protest the court’s release of an eight-year-old Hindu boy arrested for allegedly urinating in a local madrassa.
20 suspects arrested
Rahimyar Khan’s District Police Officer (DPO) Asad Sarfaraz said, “We have arrested 20 suspects so far in connection with the alleged temple attack in Bhong.” He said that arrests were possible in the coming days as police were identifying the suspects through video footage.
He said an FIR has been registered against over 150 people for attacking the temple under terrorism and other sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). “Every suspect involved in this crime will be arrested. The repair work of the temple has been started as per the order of the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court had reprimanded
Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Friday said that the temple vandalism incident is shameful for the country as the police are acting like a mute spectator. The Chief Justice expressed surprise over the arrest of the eight-year-old and asked the police whether she could not understand the mental condition of such a young child.
Pakistan’s Parliament on Friday passed a resolution condemning the incident of attack on the temple. The hearing in the matter has been adjourned till August 13.
India expressed strong opposition
India on Thursday summoned the in-charge of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest with the incident over the freedom of the minority community in Pakistan and the ever-increasing incidents of attacks on their religious places.
Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, there are 7.5 million Hindus living in Pakistan. However, there are more than 9 million Hindus living in the country according to the community. Most of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province, where they share culture, tradition and language with Muslim residents. They often complain of harassment by extremists.
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