The Gujranwala anti-terrorism court has remanded 26 suspects, arrested for their “central role” in lynching Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, into police custody for 15 days, SAMAA TV reported.
Judge Natasha Naseem heard the case on Monday and talked to the suspects. During the proceedings, it was found that one of the men, identified as Shoaib, was speech-impaired since birth.
It was also observed that the ages of all the suspects were less than 25 years.
At the police’s request, the court granted the authorities 15 days to question and investigate the accused men. They have been summoned again on December 21.
According to the DPO of Sialkot, the total number of arrests in the case has increased to 131 as the Sialkot police tighten the noose around the perpetrators by conducting raids. He said that the main suspects were hiding at the homes of their families and friends. They were identified through CCTV footage.
The DPO added that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar is overseeing the case and investigations himself. (Foreign Agencies)