Jhang: Shia Scholar killed over blasphemy allegations in broad daylight
The local police have filed a murder case against three suspects.
A religious scholar from the Shia community was axed to death on Wednesday over allegations of blasphemy in Punjab’s Jhang district.
Police said the religious scholar, Taqi Shah, and his friend, Hasnain Shah, were roaming a local festival in Jhang on the 24th of March when a man on foot attacked them.
According to the police, Taqi Shah was on a motorcycle when he lost his balance and fell on the ground upon which the assailant axed the religious scholar to death and fled the scene. However, Shah’s friend Hasnain remained safe in the incident and is a witness in the case.
The local police have filed a murder case against three suspects, including one identified man and two unidentified persons, on the complaint of a family member of the dead.
The complainant alleged that the prime suspect killed the victim after developing a conflict with him “while playing volleyball.”
The Investigation Officer, Tariq Mehmood, said the main suspect was arrested on Wednesday evening and was later sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand.
Mehmood added the suspect and the victim had engaged in a fight while playing volleyball a few days ago; however, the matter was resolved at the time.
However, the suspect later attacked Taqi with an ax and killed him in broad daylight.
Meanwhile, The Jhang D.P.O, Sarfraz Virk, told a source that the suspect had killed the victim after accusing him of committing blasphemy against the Companions of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H).
Virk added, “The suspect in his statement confessed of killing the victim, Taqi Shah, over blasphemy allegations.”
The D.P.O further said the victim was also facing charges of committing blasphemy against the Companions of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in a local court. The blasphemy charges against him were registered in 2019.
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