Hindu beaten to death for remarks on Prophet Muhammad in Pakistan

via http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1159250 published on April 10, 2008

LAHORE: In yet another case of religious persecution of the minorities in Pakistan, a Hindu was beaten to death in the port city Karachi by dozens of his Muslim co-workers at a leather factory for uttering blasphemous remarks about Prophet Muhammad.

The incident took place in a factory in Sector 15 of the Korangi Industrial Area, after a discussion about religion became heated between Jagdish Kumar and his Muslim co-workers.

According to the Karachi police sources, Jagdish, a 25-year-old resident Mirpurkhas, was tortured to death on Tuesday over allegations that he spoke against the sanctity of the Prophet Muhammed.

According to Farrukh Bashir, the police superintendent for the Korangi area, the angry mob at the leather factory kept beating Jagdish for almost half an hour and left him only after someone pointed out that he had died. However, they even tried to burn his body.

The local police reached the place after they were called by someone in the factory.
The police officer said that the atmosphere in and outside the factory was highly charged and it was a tough task for police to take the body out of the factory.

To a question, he said the doctors who conducted autopsy of the deceased at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi, Jagdish Kumar seems to have been beaten to death as his dead body had multiple marks of torture and injuries caused by hard objects.

He said no-one had been detained for questioning so far as any action could only be taken when a case is registered and a conclusion is reached on the basis of the autopsy report and investigations. He, however, admitted that Jagdish’s killing was a case of intentional murder, rather one of death in a brawl.

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