BHAKKR - Three more dead bodies were recovered in sectarian-hit Bhakkar on Sunday, while authorities lifted curfew claiming that normalcy has been restored in the district after two days of clashes between two armed sectarian groups.
Local officials confirmed that three more bodies were found from a rainwater nullah, bringing the overall death toll to 15 in four days. The district administration lifted curfew in Bhakkar after normalcy returned to the affected areas. However, section-144 has been enforced.
Indefinite curfew was imposed at 10 am on Saturday following the killing of twelve people in exchange of fire between two religious groups. Following the clash, police said, 22 people were kidnapped by the rival religious groups. Five of them were found dead on Saturday and three on Sunday while 14 people are still missing.
Police claimed to have arrested 31 suspects in Kotla Jam and Darya Khan and shifted them to unidentified places, with police and Rangers patrolling in the area.
Govt blamed for Bhakkar
Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASJ) Chief Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi on Sunday blamed Punjab government for sectarian killings in Bhakkar and warned countrywide protest on Friday if his demand for arrest of ASJ workers killers is not fulfilled. Addressing a Press conference here at Lahore Press Club, ASJ chief said failure of administration in Bhakkar had resulted in killings of ASJ workers.
If Punjab government still remained unmoved then it would be responsible for consequences, he said. The government must take notice of Bhakkar DPO’s lethargy due to which ASJ’s six men were killed.
The police was informed about kidnapping of ASJ men around five hours before killing, he said. But government machinery and the police made no move to rescue ASJ men, he added. Bhakkar police instead started action against ASJ men, he stated. Around 70 ASJ workers have been arrested without evidences or charge, he said.