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Two Hindu Teenagers shot in communal tension at Pakistan’s Sindh province

Dewan Sateesh Kumar who was 17 years old, succumbed to his injuries while his friend Avinash is in a critical condition

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  • There has been rapid radicalisation and an increase in communal tensions after the entry of groups such as Jamaat-ud-Dawah
  • After some burnt pages of the Quran were found outside an old mosque, local religious leaders along with several agitated people took the fight to the streets
  • Two Hindu youths who were sitting outside a tea stall in Mirpur Mathelo area were shot by some men riding on motorbikes

Sindh, where most of Pakistan’s Hindu minority group lives had been more peaceful than the other provinces of Pakistan until now. There has been rapid radicalisation and an increase in communal tensions after the entry of groups such as Jamaat-ud-Dawah. After few burnt pages of the Quran were found outside an old mosque near Daharki town on Tuesday, July 26, local religious leaders along with several agitated people took the fight to the streets. Even though the culprit was arrested, the protests continued resulting in shootings that left one Hindu teenager dead and the other in a critical condition.

The shooting took place outside a tea stall in Mirpur Mathelo area on Wednesday, July 27. Dewan Sateesh Kumar who was 17 years old, succumbed to his injuries while his friend Avinash is in a critical condition, Dawn.com reported.

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When the desecration of the Holy Quran became known to the public, angry protesters assembled on the National Highway and held a sit-in for five hours, demanding the arrest of the culprit.

Police deployed after the protest. Image Source: Bing News
Police deployed after the protest. Image Source: Bing News

According to the news portal, the police arrested their prime suspect Amar in the Ghotki area of the province, which shares its border with India. on charges of blasphemy. According to the police, Amar is a drug addict suffering from the psychotic disorder. He is said to be living in a mosque after converting to Islam a few months ago.

Shops remained shut and other daily activities remained suspended in Ghotki. Shops owned by Hindus also remained shut.

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Section 295 (B) of the Pakistan Penal Code deals with blasphemy under which over 1,300 people have been accused of blasphemy from 1987 to 2014. The vast majority of the accusations were lodged for desecration of the Quran.

Two Hindu youths who were sitting outside a tea stall in Mirpur Mathelo area were shot by some men riding on motorbikes and in the attack, Dewan Sateesh Kumar was killed while Avinash was critically injured.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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