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Pakistan Police Arrest 20, Over 150 Booked After Attack On Hindu Temple

Hundreds of people, carrying sticks, stones and bricks attacked the temple in protest against the release by a court of an eight-year-old Hindu boy, who was arrested for allegedly urinating in a local seminary.

Pakistan Police Arrest 20, Over 150 Booked After Attack On Hindu Temple
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Pakistan Police Arrest 20, Over 150 Booked After Attack On Hindu Temple
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2021-08-07T13:32:13+05:30

In connection to alleged involvement in an attack on a Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province on Saturday, Pakistan police arrested  20 people and booked over 150 others.

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday, observing that the incident has tarnished the image of the country abroad, ordered arrest of the culprits while criticizing the authorities for failing to prevent the attack.

Hundreds of people, carrying sticks, stones and bricks attacked the temple, burning parts of it and damaging the idols, in Bhong area of Rahimyar Khan district of the province in protest against the release by a court of an eight-year-old Hindu boy, who was arrested for allegedly urinating in a local seminary.

"We have so far arrested over 20 suspects allegedly involved in attacking the temple in Bhong," District Police Officer (DPO) of Rahim Yar Khan Asad Sarfraz told reporters.

He said more arrests are expected in the coming days as police are identifying the suspects through video footage.

An FIR has been registered under terrorism and other sections of the Pakistan Penal Code against over 150 for their involvement in attacking the temple, he said.

"We will arrest every suspect involved in this crime. On the order of apex court, restoration work of the temple has been started," he said.

On Friday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed said that vandalism at the temple had brought shame to the country as police acted like silent spectators.

The Chief Justice wondered at the arrest of the eight-year-old boy and asked whether police were incapable of understanding the mental capacity of the minors.

Pakistan's parliament on Friday condemned the temple attack by adopting a resolution.

The hearing in the case has been adjourned till August 13.

India on Thursday summoned the Pakistani charge d'affaires in New Delhi and lodged a firm protest, expressing grave concerns at this reprehensible incident and the continued attacks on the freedom of religion of the minority communities and their places of religious worship in Pakistan.

Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan.

According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country.

The majority of Pakistan's Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with Muslim residents. They often complain of harassment by extremists.

(With PTI Inputs)

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