One of the two men taken away from police custody and lynched by a mob has been identified as Naeem, who was a local glass cutter.
Earlier, when protests against church bombings in Lahore’s Youhanabad area went out of control, angry members of the Christian community gathered in different cities to register their protests.
The two men lynched by the mob in Lahore were suspects in the bombing and were in police custody when they were taken, killed and burned.
Naeem’s brother, Muhammad Saleem spoke to reporters and stated that his brother had nothing to do with the bombings and was a local glass cutter. He also approached the Nishtar Colony Police station to register a case against the mob.
According to IG Police Punjab, Mushtaq Sukhera, “the policemen did attempt to resist but the mob was highly charged. It was not impossible to use force at that time because it could turn the situation ugly and perhaps out of control”.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also condemned the lynching and stated, “Killing someone on the basis of suspicion is inhumane. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands”.
Protests in Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore have been violent with clashes between the Christian community and the police, resulting in several injuries and one reported death so far.