A violent mob lynching episode was reported on Saturday in Nankana Sahib, Lahore after a man was beaten to death over “blasphemy” accusations.
The heinous incident emerged after a video circulated on social media, of an angry mob climbing the gates of Warburton police station and storming inside the building. Policemen and the SHO on site, reportedly fled the police station to save their lives, while the accused man was locked up inside by the mob.
Total madness!!! An angry mob attacked the police station in Nankana Sahib. Reportedly an accused of blasphemy was killed and body burnt by the mob. Apparently police was unable to control the situation. pic.twitter.com/1kdNGFmqro
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) February 11, 2023
Following the incident, two senior police officers have been suspended over negligence which include Nankana Sahib Circle Deputy Superintendent of Police Nawaz Waraq and Warburton Station House Officer Feroz Bhatti.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the incident, “Why didn’t the police stop the violent mob?” read a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Meanwhile, opposition leader and PTI Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said the incident marked the collapse of state machinery.
Nankana incident shows Collapse of State Machinery that is so evident,wish Government shows fifty percent will to deal with religious fanatics as they deal with political opponents, I was hounded by hundreds of policemen etc. But religious fanatics cannot be touched… https://t.co/8UnlIPXA46
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 11, 2023