23 Arrested After Man Lynched in Swat’s Madyan: Police

Swat District Police Officer (DPO) Dr. Zahidullah Khan stated on Sunday that 23 individuals had been arrested for their alleged roles in leading a mob to lynching a man in Madyan earlier in the week.

The mob had brutally lynched a man accused of desecrating the Holy Quran inside the Madyan police station on Thursday evening. Subsequently, the mob set fire to the suspect’s body, the police station, and a police vehicle.

According to local accounts, individuals in a market accused the victim of blasphemy, leading others to apprehend him and deliver him to the police. Shortly thereafter, announcements from mosques in Madyan further mobilized people in anger toward the police station.

Eyewitnesses reported that the mob demanded the victim from police custody, and upon refusal, forcibly entered the police station. Police officers had to flee for their safety, while reinforcements were called to handle the escalating situation.

Videos circulating on social media depicted disturbing scenes: the Madyan police station engulfed in flames, and a crowd surrounding the motionless body of the deceased, which was subsequently doused with fuel and set ablaze.

This incident is the second of its kind recently reported. Last month, police intervened to rescue a Christian man from a mob in Sargodha, after he faced allegations of desecrating the Holy Quran. He succumbed to his injuries nine days later.

On Friday, Swat police registered two First Information Reports (FIRs). “We have initiated an inquiry into the incident and filed two FIRs, one against the deceased and another against the mob for forcibly entering the police station, damaging and setting fire to records and vehicles,” said Regional Police Officer Muhammad Ali Gandapur.

Madyan Station House Officer (SHO) Islamul Haq informed Dawn.com that the FIRs were sealed for security reasons.

A press release from the Swat DPO’s office today announced that a case had been registered under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act against those involved in the incident.

DPO Dr. Zahidullah informed Dawn.com that a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), headed by SP Investigation Badshah Hazrat Khan, had been formed to investigate the matter. The JIT includes Upper Swat Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Muhammad Halim Khan, Madyan Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Syed Zaman Shah, Madyan Investigation Officer Inspector Muhammad Karam, Madyan SHO Haq, ASI Gauhar Khan (In-charge IT Investigation Swat), and officials from the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), Special Branch, and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

He added that the JIT had gathered evidence systematically and had arrested 23 of the named suspects in operations conducted the previous night. Efforts to identify other individuals involved in the incident are ongoing, with updates expected in due course.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly passed a resolution on Sunday strongly condemning mob lynchings in Swat and Sargodha. Law Minister Azam Tarar presented the resolution amid a tumultuous session, describing the events in Swat and Sargodha as part of a distressing sequence. The resolution emphasized the right to life, enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan, and called upon federal and provincial governments to ensure the safety of all citizens, including minorities. Specifically, it urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take necessary actions for the identification, investigation, and prosecution of those involved in these incidents under applicable laws.

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