Over 200 booked for anti-Hindu riots in Pakistan

Over 200 booked for anti-Hindu riots in Pakistan

Over 200 booked for anti-Hindu riots in Pakistan

Sukkur Additional IGP Dr Jamil Ahmed confirmed the worrying developments in a tweet, saying that police were "trying to deal with a serious situation".

"Alleged accused, Notan Mal, is now in the safe custody of Police". After the violence, religious leaders, politicians and police officers visited the Sacho Satram Das temple to assure the Hindu community of their full support.

"Situation in Ghotki is back to normal within 12 hours by the grace of God". Hundreds of protesters ran amok in Pakistan's Sindh province after the principal of a school, belonging to the minority Hindu community, was falsely accused of blasphemy and booked in the matter.

The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said: "The authorities must take prompt action to quell the violence and ensure the safety of the school principal being targeted".

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the independent organisation said, "Alarming reports of accusations of blasphemy in #Ghotki and the outbreak of mob violence". Police have nominated 45 people in the FIR, out of which 22 are named while 23 are unidentified.

Local police chief says three people were arrested on charges of attacking the Hindu temple, disrupting traffic and damaging Hindu property.

Human rights activists took to social media to produce attention and drive the Singh government to dangle action in opposition to the rioters and provide protection to the Hindu community which is a minority within the country.

Sindh Minister for Information and Archives and Labour Saeed Ghani in a statement on Sunday expressed his gratitude to the religious scholars and representatives of the Hindu community of Ghotki for playing their active role in calming down people after an alleged incident of blasphemy in the area.

Meanwhile, the situation in Ghotki is under control on Monday and shops owned by Hindus in the area remained closed.

The police have registered three cases against more than 200 people in connection with the anti-Hindu riots in Pakistan Sindh province's Ghotki town.

Protests were also held in surrounding towns, including Mirpur Mathelo and Adilpur.

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