Blasphemy victim Priyantha Kumara’s remains sent to Colombo

    The remains of Sri Lankan factory manager Diyawadanage Don Nandasri Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations, were on Monday sent off to Colombo.

    Sri Lankan embassy officials arrived at the hospital to escort Kumara’s body to the airport and laid flowers over it.

    The body had been shifted to Lahore from Sialkot and Punjab Minister for Minorities Affairs Aijaz Alam represented Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar.

    Priyantha’s last rites will be performed upon the arrival of his body in Sri Lanka.

    Meanwhile, seven more suspects involved in the lynching were arrested, police said.

    So far, a total of 131 suspects have been arrested in connection with the Sialkot lynching case.

    A statement issued by the Punjab police spokesperson said that arrested suspects Sikandar, Rashid, Ahmed Shehzad, Zohaib, Muhammad Irshad, Subhan and Umair Ali, were part of the mob that brutally murdered Priyantha.

    In particular, Sikandar kept gathering people on the factory’s rooftop and inciting the attack, Shehzad was armed with a stick and Zohaib was involved in planning to provoke others for violence, the spokesperson said.

    He said that the latest arrests have been made with the help of CCTV camera videos and mobile phone data. Interrogation of the arrested suspects has started, he added.

    Speaking about the progress in investigations of the case, 26 suspects were found to have played a key role in the gruesome murder.

    He said that CM Buzdar and the Punjab inspector-general of police were continuously monitoring the investigation and the process of identification of arrested suspects was underway.

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