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As 50 more arrests were made and condemnation continued to pour in over the lynching of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara over blasphemy allegations in Sialkot, new footage on Saturday showed that a colleague of the man tried to protect him from the mob prior to the ghastly incident.
Kumara was tortured to death and his body was set on fire on Friday. The employees of Rajco Industries, located on Wazirabad Road, had staged a protest on the premises on Friday alleging that he had committed blasphemy.
With the incident leading to an uproar on social media, prompting authorities to act swiftly and Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan among others vowing necessary action, the police have so far arrested 160, including two prime suspects, namely Farhan Idrees and Usman Rasheed, and booked at least 800 people under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
The protesters had suspended traffic on Wazirabad Road and were joined by all the factory workers and a large number of locals. On seeing the mob gradually swell from a few dozen to hundreds, Kumara had dashed to the roof.
Footage shot prior to the lynching showed a colleague trying to protect Kumara on the roof of the factory where he had fled while the mob of around two dozen people slowly grew in number.